In Part 3 of our pre-Olympic interview with Soren Thompson, we talked to him about preparation for the actual Games. Soren’s competition is over and unfortunately, he did not win a Medal this Olympiad, but we congratulate him and his teammates for the incredible effort, their determination, and their commitment and hope to see them again in 2016 in Rio!
It has been very exciting to have had a chance to get to know one of these amazing athletes!
Soren Thompson is being sponsored by Artisan Creative for the London Olympic Games which begin in July. We finished our interview by discussing Soren’s plans for the Olympics in London.
You still have a couple of months before the Olympics. What are you doing now to prepare?
Right now, I am in the midst of daily training for the Olympics. I manage and control my own training with the help of a variety of trainers. I am also focused on rehabbing an injury. I have two competitions before London, The American Zonal Championships in Cancun, Mexico, and the last World Cup event in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Both of those events count toward Olympic seeding. The entire month of July will be spent getting ready for London.
As an Olympic veteran, does this Olympics feel different from previous competitions?
I think I have a better sense of what I need and what I want to do than in previous year. During my other Olympic cycles, I was much more focused on the team event because the Games had a team component. Since I will only be competing individually this year, I can really draw on my experience to do exactly what I feel I need until the Games.
What can we expect to see as you compete?
I plan on being as prepared as possible for this Olympics, so presumably, my very best fencing will be on display in all my matches. I plan on bringing great physical and mental preparation to my competition.
Well, I don’t know about you, but my DVR is going to be set for all of Soren’s matches in London and I’m sure you join me in wishing him all the best in this exciting competition. It’s been fascinating to get an inside look at what it takes to be an Olympian and to learn that the same elements of success apply in his work and our own.
Wendy Stackhouse for Artisan Creative