Valerie: 'I'm feeling the pressure'
Fri, 03 Aug 2012 7:18p.m.
One of New Zealand’s great gold medal hopes is Valerie Adams in the shotput.
She won gold at the Beijing Olympics, but a lot has changed in her life since then. For a start, her name – in those days she was competing under the married name, Vili.
Since then she has split with her husband and her long-term coach, too.
Valerie spoke to Campbell Live about 2010 – the year she hit rock bottom; depression, drinking and partying.
She also talks about her fight back to fitness, overcoming pain and finding a new coach.
So can this remarkable woman win gold again?
Watch the video for Michelle Pickles' interview with Valerie Adams.
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16/08/2012 7:17:35 p.m.
Val....my family and I are so proud of you and and so glad the Olympic Committee finally got it right....
15/08/2012 7:21:39 p.m.
Firstly I would like to say how much I love your show. Being a Kiwi myself I know what great sports we are, if we win we celebrate and if we lose we learn from it, work harder and then celebrate.
I do feel however that all the hype surrounding Valerie getting another celebration for the gold medal is not required because she did not embrace the silver medal (which she should still have been very proud of as we all were) and not being a sport about coming in second place.
I almost felt that this was the first time I got to see her TRUE colours especially her crying on the podium (I really respected her for her sportsmanship prior to this being a sports person myself). But what really was the final straw was her interview with one of the radios where she mentioned how sick and disgusted she was by the whole thing.
To Valerie - "Stop getting so egotistic and start being the true sportswoman you were and set an example to all KIWIS that sometimes it does not matter if you come second, all that matters is that you were part of something so big. This is what WE teach our kids and you really do need to relfect or else this may probably be your last gold medal".
11/08/2012 3:50:22 p.m.
shes sertinly goning to win a gold in the 2016.
10/08/2012 6:52:03 p.m.
nigel smith wrote:
nothing wrong with an Olympic gold and a silver to your name , plus the heaps of the events this champion has won . good on her .these people are up against the vary best in the world its not the common wealth games . even to get fifth or 6th in the Olympics in an a final is an amazing effort against the whole world think about it .
9/08/2012 8:30:09 a.m.
Valerie. I hope you know that N.Z is so proud of you and achieving that silver medal.You are so loved for your dedication to your in everything you do.Dont think you ever let n.z. down by only getting a silver. to do that is amazing in itself. You are the best in the world, and the gold went to somebody that was extraordinary., like hercules.,.We love you for your humbleness, your smile, your tears and just you,You have overcome some big hurdles and we the public never hear a complain or "poor me" you just keep on putting on the brave face for the public. I hope the media and tv are not so quick next time to print the dissapointment n.z felt. RUBISH. You are much loved.
8/08/2012 11:33:46 a.m.
Sasha & Lee wrote:
Val - we are incredibly proud of you & all of your achievements! You are an amazing kiwi & we love you. Be proud of that incredible silver medal, we most certainly are. Sending you big hugs all the way from Tauranga.
7/08/2012 9:55:55 p.m.
Jen & Jason Ferrier wrote:
Valerie - never doubt that NZ will support you - We are so very proud of you and thankful to you for you and the sport you love & excell in! Congratulations on your Wonderful silver medal - not many of us Kiwis will be where you have been already in your life you are amazing, genuine, strong, a wonderful role model and so so much more you make us proud everytime you step out for NZ!! Keep that smile on your dial you're our champ & we love you through everything, take care and have fun over there xxxxx
7/08/2012 8:47:24 p.m.
Kia kaha Valerie, our family are so proud of you and admire your amazing hard work over so many years. You are a true champion in every essence of the word! Kiwi pride all the way!
7/08/2012 8:40:33 p.m.
Dominique & Russell wrote:
Congratulations Valerie! You're a star! You're an awesome, world beating athlete and a wonderful role model for young (and old) Kiwis. We're proud of you.
7/08/2012 8:39:31 p.m.
Jane Millichamp wrote:
Valerie, we love you! You bring all of us together as New Zealanders and we are so proud of all your achievements. Thank you for representing our country with humility, hard work and humour.
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