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Craig Gibbons talks training, Velomotion and the Olympics

Posted on June 27, 2012 - 1:00am by Mike Smith

Craig Gibbons is going for gold at this year's Olympics. He's a qualified swim coach giving professional advice to those who seek to improve their swimming technique. As a swimmer Craig has competed at the highest level competing at the World Championships in Melbourne in 2006 and in Manchester in 2008 as well as competing at the European Championships in 2004, 2008 and 2009.

Craig is part of the current GB swim squad and is competing at the London 2012 Olympics.Craig has extensive coaching experience and has coached athletes of all levels – He is Level 1 & 2 Qualified ASA Swim Coach. 

Ahead of next month's Olympic Games, we caught up with him in a Q&A session. 

How did it feel to qualify for London 2012?

It felt amazing. It hasn't really sunk it yet. It's been a dream come true for me and there's little bits and bobs I've been driving out seeing, posters and adverts of it all, and the excitement that everyone has. The fact that it's nearly here is fantastic and I can't wait to go. 

How did you feel during the trials?

It was just a case of getting into the final and anything could happen from there. I was nervous but managed to control my nerves and ended up coming third in the 100m freestyle, which qualified me for the relay team. 

Describe your training regime up to the qualifying stages?

The training regime was really difficult. We had to get in peak performance ready for the trials, because I knew this was my one chance to make the team and that's all I had.About three weeks before we tend to ease off the training and taper down so we're ready, have got the energy stored up and are bouncing off the walls. Going into the competition I was feeling good, feeling rested and ready.

What happens between now and the Olympics?

The next few months are really busy. Next month I go to the Europeans in Hungary where I will be competing in the 100m and 50m freestyle. The following month we go to Monaco, where we swim there.It's just a case of getting the target times as we go through so we're pushing everything forward and I'm getting my best times ready for the Games. 

What are you looking forward to most out of London 2012?

I think the best thing is that you get to meet the Queen afterwards. I'm more nervous about meeting the Queen than racing because I don't want to mess up what I say to her (laughs).

“Inspire a generation” is the recently unveiled London 2012 slogan. What do you think of it?

I think it's great, because sport is always going to be around. For kids to do sport is just fantastic: it keeps them healthy, keeps them out of trouble. Sport of me has helped me build a career. Without sport I wouldn't be where I am today. 

Do you have a favourite burger?

To be honest I'm more of a chicken person, so that place with the little cockrel and the “N” is my favourite.