Bechtolsheimer relishing Olympic Games hype

Laura Bechtolsheimer sees no point in calming the hype around her London 2012 medal hopes.


In the world of media-trained athletes anxious to avoid creating hype, Bechtolsheimer’s assertion that the British dressage team have their best-ever chance to win a Games medal is almost unheard of.

However, such is the Team GB’s unique purple patch, the Gloucester ace is prepared to laugh in the face of the history books and target home-soil glory.

Rewind to 2008 and the German-born dressage specialist had just completed her debut Olympic Games, following in the well-trodden footsteps of Team GB in ending without a medal.

However with three World Equestrian Games silver medals from 2010 – two as an individual and one as a team – plus four European Championship podium appearances, Bechtolsheimer now finds herself as the leading light in a team of potential 2012 trailblazers.

And far from shying away from that spotlight, the 27-year-old is only too happy to add to it.

“We have got the best opportunity that we have certainly ever had to win a medal at the Olympic Games,” she said. “We have never had a team with a look-in at the medals before.

“But this year we have got a fantastic opportunity and I really hope all my teammates and I are able to pull it off on the day and make history for our sport.

“We are hopefully going into it with the best form ever prior to an Olympics and I think there is a quiet confidence about the team.

“As a team we get on well and feed off each other. We are all supportive of each other in our little network.

“We are all in good stead and provided there are no surprises on the day, which is what I hope there won’t be, then we should be able to produce our best performances.

“This is what we have prepared for and I think we have got a good a chance as we have ever had, and perhaps a better chance than we have ever had.”

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