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Olympic Dreams: London 2012 routine underway - Jenna Randall

By Tom Close
BBC Kick Off reporter

Jenna Randall
Randall won two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi

Great Britain's Jenna Randall says preparations for her team's 2012 Olympics routines are well under way.

The average routine comprises of around 700 moves and Randall, who was part of the team that finished 14th in Beijing, is confident they will be ready.

"To perfect one routine normally takes about two years, training every single day," she told BBC Berkshire.

"We all play around in the water with ideas and if the coach likes something then we try it out and work with it."

She added: "We train 45 hours a week, six to eight hours a day, Monday to Saturday.

"We start with an hour of Pilates in the morning, then five to six hours in the pool, then two or three hours in the gym working on strength and conditioning."

The sport used to be known as water ballet and as a result Ascot-born Randall's dance background comes in particularly useful when routines are created.

The pressure is on to make the routine as tight as possible, as the slightest out-of-time movement will be picked-up and punished by the judges. But the added expectation of performing on home soil is not something that she is worried about.

"The atmosphere and support will be important. We had the European Cup in Sheffield this year, it was good to experience the crowd," she added.

"Most of the team are new to the Olympics, but Olivia [Allison, her duet partner] and I were in Beijing so we know roughly what to expect.

"In Beijing it was completely filled out. It was amazing when China walked out to hear the eruption of cheers.

"We're just hoping to get that kind of support from our own country."

Jenna Randall is one of BBC Berkshire's featured athletes as part of 'Olympic Dreams' in the build-up to London 2012.



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