Adams speaks ahead of Stockholm event
Fri, 17 Aug 2012 9:40a.m.
Olympic gold medallist Valerie spoke to journalists in Stockholm on the eve of the 10th Diamond League meet of the season.
Olympic shot put runner-up Adams, from New Zealand, was awarded the gold medal after Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus was stripped of the title for failing a dope test.
Two urine samples taken from the Belarussian before and after her win on August 6 tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid, metenolone, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in a statement, the day after the Games ended.
Adams, who won the gold in Beijing and is a three-times world champion, says she was overwhelmed when she heard the news as she was driving a car.
"Overwhelmed. I've bawled my eyeballs out. I really, really bawled my eyeballs out. The last seven days have been a roller coaster of emotions, from crying of disappointment and then I just - everything just came out, lashed out. And I was actually driving a car, which probably wasn't a good idea and I just pulled over to the side and cried for like five minutes before I could ring up my family and tell them what was really going on. But then two minutes after that, I had 50 text messages on my phone congratulating me so: an amazing feeling, overwhelming, very speechless and yeah, it still feels surreal to be quite honest," Adams says in the Swedish capital.
The New Zealander has been in Europe since March and said she was keen to return home.
"You know, I don't really know the effects that this has had on New Zealand. All I know is that there is four million people vouching for me and we're so happy and overwhelmed and I'm able to bump up New Zealand on the medal tally and we actually, I think, beat Cuba and we are four million people you know and all I know, I have so much love and support at home that I can't wait to go home and embrace, because I've been away for such a long time and the last 10 days hasn't been the easiest, but we've come out on top," says Adams.
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