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Andy Hodge wants a second Olympic gold at London 2012

Andy Hodge
Hodge won silver in the men's pairs at the World Championships in 2010

Olympic gold medallist Andy Hodge wants to repeat his achievement in Beijing in 2008 in front of a home crowd at the London Games in 2012.

Hodge was part of the men's four rowing team that won gold three years ago.

He told BBC Radio York: "They say it's tough to do it once but it's even harder to do it twice.

"I'm hopefully stepping up on a daily basis now to make sure that come London 2012 I'm in better form than I've ever been and ready to challenge the world."

He added: "To have done it once it gives you the confidence to know you could do it again but you've got to remember all the hard work I put in for the first one and know that I've only got to double my efforts for the next one."

Hodge said he had just come through an intense spell of training.

The bottom line is I've just got to bring home a gold medal

Andy Hodge

"The winter's always our toughest period of training so I'm putting in a lot of miles on the water and a lot of miles on the rowing machines and doing some heavy weights.

"So I'm pretty tired at the moment but it's getting very exciting and I'm looking forward to it."

The 32-year-old said winning gold in London would be very special.

"To have the Olympics at home is something else entirely. But the pressure is the same.

"We're still there to race, we've got to get onto the start line, get into our little bubbles and make sure we execute our plans.

"For the last 250 metres we're not going to hear anything because the crowd will be so loud. It'll be like nothing we've ever felt before.

"The bottom line is I've just got to bring home a gold medal. That's all I need to do and then the crowds will be happy and I've done my job."

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