Jessica Ennis-Hill Aims to Defend heptathlon Title at Rio 2016
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist is pursuing for her 2016 heptathlon title in Rio de Janeiro after producing her first child in July.
Ennis-Hill has not won any heptathlon since the 2012 Olympics. She was forced to miss the 2013 World Championships because of ankle injuries and sat out the entire 2014 season due to pregnancy. However, the strong woman did rehab in that phase. Last month embraced her resumed training. And she plans to start athletic competition next summer.
The 28-year-old athlete hopes to earn a qualifying score for the Rio Games. It is her belief to juggle family and work well and her wish to not push things too soon. She thought it “incredible to be able to step away from sport, have a baby, and then come back to win another Olympic gold medal.”
She said, “It would be a fairy tale. The focus has shifted but I am still very determined and focused on my athletics. It's about training, putting the work in and seeing if I can get to Rio,” according to BBC.
Ennis-Hill added: “I am still the same person. I am still very driven and focused and determined and I want to come back and see if I can do both. Rio is the main focus and it's about building back into training. It's kind of the unknown.
“I’m not sure where I am going to be in relation to where I was last year or the year before. I know it will be an incredibly hard challenge and I am going to have to put a lot of time and work into it.”