GOLD COAST: Canada’s Cent Oleksiak is not your average teenager.At the tender
age of 16, she caught swimming gold in the ladies’s 100m freestyle at the 2016 Rio Olympics to complete with four medals– the best-ever haul by a Canadian at a single Summer season Games.But after melting hearts in Brazil, Oleksiak tumbled at last year’s world champions, something she’s determined to avoid when she makes her Commonwealth Games launching in Gold Coast.
“It was insane after Rio since there was so much hype around it,” Okeksiak said after training for the competitors, which begins next week.
“It was quite hard, everybody was flipping out. Even now it’s just different understanding little kids look up to me and want to follow in my footsteps.
“In 2015 it was more attempting to chill out and kind of discover my space and get off of 2016.”
Oleksiak, who dead-heated with Simone Manuel to declare gold in the 100m complimentary in Rio, admits she has actually needed to quickly go from being a silly teenager to a serious professional athlete.
“It’s a bit various because if I was simply a routine 17-year-old, I ‘d be joking around doing whatever I wish to do,” stated the Toronto native, who also took Olympic silver in the 100m butterfly and double relay bronze.
“And now I view what I do more and am more conscious of everything that’s occurring.”
Oleksiak, whose sibling Jamie plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League, faces a stern test in Gold Coast from Aussie sis Cate and Bronte Campbell in the 100m freestyle.Cate, who took a year off from swimming last year after slumping to 6th in the Rio last, has actually roared back to form by breaking a nationwide record in the 50m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games trials, where she beat Bronte in the 100m.
Oleksiak, on the other hand, will also step up to the 200m freestyle for the very first time in a major competitors in Gold Coast, where she is targeting a go back to the podium despite struggling with a cold in the accumulation.
“I’m really hoping I succeed in the 200m just because it’s something that I’ve been working on this year,” she said.
“I’m getting more positive. This year I’ve been a little bit more determined because my times haven’t been as fantastic as they were in Olympic year.
“I simply want to be up there again.”– AFP