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The high jump is among Kluft's favourite events

Hi, I'm Carolina Kluft, Olympic champion.

Sport has always been a big part of my life. My dad was a football player, my mum did long jump and my three sisters love sport as well.

I always thought I'd end up as a footballer like my dad, but a visit to an athletics track at the age of 11 made me change my mind.

It's thirsty work on the track!

Athletics had always seemed a bit boring before then, but I went to a training session with my sister and saw just how much fun it can be.

My parents never pressurised me into doing athletics - they just wanted me to do whatever I enjoyed. The most important thing for them was that I had fun whatever I did.

There has never been one particular athlete who I idolised, but there were many people around me that I looked up to.

That could have been a sports star, my mother, a friend - anyone really. I just followed examples from them that I thought were good.

For me, one of the best things about heptathlon is the variety of sports it offers.

I think I'm more of a jumper than a thrower, so for me the long jump and high jump are more fun.

The heptathlon is such a nice event because if one event doesn't go too well you've got a chance in another.

Meet Carolina
Sporting family
A friendly rival
Enjoy yourself!

A national icon
In 2002 Carolina was voted Swede of the Year
And this year she was awarded Victoria Scholar - one of the highest honours in Swedish sports.
The panel praised the "the very un-Swedish way she has shown us that you really can have fun on the field of competition, even though there is so much at stake"

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