Davies hungry for Olympic treble

Davies hungry for treble


The 27-year-old, who won 1500m freestyle bronze at Athens 2004 and then 10km open water silver at Beijing 2008, has booked his place in London after securing silver at the Olympic trials at the 2012 Aquatics Centre earlier this month.

Last season Davies took an extended break from swimming and missed the World Championships, citing fatigue and admitting he had considered quitting the sport for good.

But Davies, who will do battle with compatriot Daniel Fogg for the sole British open water spot at London 2012 at a qualification event in Portugal in June, admits the fire in his belly is burning fiercer than ever.

“This will be my third Games but that doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting than the first time,” said Davies, speaking at Imperial College where he was giving a swimming masterclass to British Airways staff.

“There are always fresh challenges, new competitors and you need to stay focused. The London 2012 Games will be like nothing else and I am so privileged to be a part of it.”

Davies was on hand at Imperial College to extend the present staff members’ swimming credentials as a thank you for the support he has received from the airline.

“There is always a lot of pressure and focus on Olympic years but it’s days like this which are a bit of fun that help to keep you balanced,” he added.

“British Airways has done such a great job looking after me and flying me to competitions and training camps all over the world that it has been a pleasure to be able to help out and share my passion with some of the staff.”

As part of its ongoing commitment and support of British athletes, including David Davies, Team GB and ParalympicsGB and sporting bodies the airline also supports a number of athletes through a UK Sport partnership.

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