Sally Pearson

London Countdown

Sally Pearson: Track & Field athlete
Age 25
Hometown Gold Coast, Queensland
Birthplace Sydney, New South Wales
"I certainly enjoyed the journey."
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Athlete Q&A

Your trackside interview after winning silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games is famous for its raw emotion, which touched a lot of people. How did you feel when you watched it back over?
I was still excited the first time I saw the footage and felt the same emotions as I did at the time. If you are going to experience déjà vu, then this is a great moment to repeat over and over again!

What are you most looking forward to doing once you land in London for the 2012 games?
The opening ceremony. It will be my first and is going to be very exciting.

If you could give your younger self any advice what would it be?
I think I did it the right way with not too many mistakes. I never got too intense and certainly enjoyed the journey. I think that was the secret.

Do you listen to any music to get yourself in gear before racing? If so what’s on your playlist?
Music for me is about using it to keep me calm and take me out of the intensity of the build up. I listen to anything, but mostly pop music.

Other than track & field what sport do you most enjoy watching at the Olympic Games?
I love gymnastics as it was my first sport. I always do my best to cheer the Australian Team on!

What are your favourite holiday destinations?
I have been to New York for racing but I had to be disciplined in my preparation so I’d love to go back on a proper holiday and do the tourist things. Wining, dining and theatres. New York City has such a buzz.

Where would you most like to visit and why?
I’d love to go skiing in Canada. I am not allowed to ski at the moment as it is deemed a high risk sport, but one day.I’d also love to go to a romantic Caribbean beach resort with my husband.

Where are your favourite places to hang out when you’re at home on the Gold Coast?
A walk on the beach with my husband, Kieran, and our two dogs is special.  We also enjoy some great restaurants on the Gold Coast and just recently we went to the restaurant at the Versace Hotel which was terrific. I am looking forward to going to Moo Moo’s soon.

Where will we be seeing you in five years?
All things going to plan, in a little under five years I will be attending the 2016 Olympic Games to defend my Olympic Champion title and be two-time World Champion. Fingers crossed.

About Sally

Sally at age 17, desperately wanted to be Australia’s next track and field champion. Sally knew that it would take hard work and a commitment far beyond most teenagers’ comprehension. However, this did not faze her. By age 20, Sally made her mark as anchor for the Woman’s 4 x 100 m Relay Team at the World Championships and was Australia’s 100m sprint and hurdles champion.

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Career Highlights

  • Silver Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Gold Medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
  • Gold medal – IAAF Diamond League
  • Won 15 of 16 races in 2011 (including heats)
  • 5 x 100m National Champion
  • 4 x 100m Hurdles National Champion
  • 2011 – 3 x Australian Champion (100m, 200m, 100m H)
  • 2011 World Champion
  • 2011 IAAF Female International Athlete of the Year first Australian to win the award)

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