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COVER
DAME
JESSICA
ENNIS-HILL

"No, because at that stage of my career, at the London Olympics, I was
at my absolute peak. Of course I was aware of the pressure, but tried not
to let myself think about if things didn't go to plan. I still had great people
around me. They kept everything normal for me and I kept relatively sane.
"I still had bad training sessions or disappointing competitions and used
to go home in absolute pieces." She puts on a mock-emotional voice: "Oh
my gosh! The nation! I've let down the whole country because I'm going
to pick up a silver medal!
"But that's how sports people think. They just want to be at their best
and, of course, the pressure gets
to everyone at some stage."
So how can the non-athletes
among us cope with pressure?
"The more you experience
different pressure situations,
the better you get at coping with
them," she says.
"Now I'm in a different world
where I've done more public
speaking. Recently I was at a web
summit and had to do a talk on
stage and got really nervous! It's
not something I'd done before.
It's about pushing yourself out
of your comfort zone; when you
do it's exhilarating and you get
more confident. With sport it's
the same thing.
"You have to keep pushing
yourself out of your comfort
zone. Put the worries out of
your mind and focus on the
outcome you want.
"You have some athletes who
think, 'What if this happened,
or that happened?' And they try
to rationalise it and put it right in
their mind. It's a dangerous spiral.
'What if I fall over that hurdle? Oh
my gosh, everything is done! That
camera there is feeding all this to
millions of people watching!'
"You can easily get yourself
worked up. You've got to stay relaxed and take humour from things and
just go with it. Of course that's a lot easier said than done sometimes."

at the very thought of the Jennis app - rather than copulation - being the
reason for pregnancy.
She admits that there was even humour when giving birth to her
two children thanks to some playful squabbling with her husband,
construction director Andy. "There was lots of comedy," she beams. "The
first time [with son, Reggie] was really long; 19 hours. It felt like forever.
Endless pain. And then with [daughter] Liv, it was much quicker.
"I remember Andy wanted to get back and watch Strictly. He was
making loads of jokes and trying to bring a bit of humour to the situation.

WINNERS FOCUS
ON WINNING, LOSERS
FOCUS ON WINNERS

PICTURES Jennis Fitness

ANYONE FOR JENNIS?

Ah, yes, humour. When she was an elite athlete - picking up one Olympic
and three World Championship gold medals and much more along
the way - cracking gags during interviews wasn't exactly on her list of
priorities. But across two chats with Jess, BALANCE is in gales of laughter.
Take Jess on her new app, Jennis, which as been a massive success since its
launch in 2019. While anyone can use Jennis, it's mostly targeted at preand post-natal women.
"We're well on our way," she says. "We've had really good pregnancy
feedback [from users]. It's nice to see women and their workouts. There
have been bursts of babies that have come since [we launched the app]...
Obviously they were going to come anyway!" And then Jess is in hysterics

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At the time though, I was getting
really annoyed. 'Can you be quiet?!'"

WINNING MENTALITY

Before we go, we ask Jess if she's ever
been tempted to pursue reality TV.
She obviously doesn't need the work,
but might enjoy the challenge. When it comes to I'm A Celebrity, it seems
an approach was made, but as she reveals: "I said no! It would bring out a
really bad side of me. I just could not do those challenges and I'd probably
get challenged every week."
And this is the beauty of Jess: she's a shrewd head on toned shoulders.
During competitions she was always focused on the sport, rather than
controversy. As she says: "I don't think you can get drawn into the politics
of sport because it's a distraction. My coach taught me: I can't control what
other people are doing. I can watch them but can't have an influence. I can
only influence what I'm doing. 'Winners focus on winning; losers focus on
winners.' That's one of my favourite quotes."
Wowee! Is that one of hers? Again, more laughter. "I think I saw LeBron
James put it on Instagram, but it's one of my favourites because it's true."

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