Video: Florence can cope with pressure of Olympic Games
‘Gold medal is huge motivation’
ABERDEEN Olympian David Florence is confident he will not be overawed by the huge challenge of trying to win gold on home soil.
The Beijing silver medalist is hoping to go one better this summer after qualifying for London 2012.
Florence will compete as an individual in C1, the event where he landed a podium place in China four years ago.
He will then team-up with Richard Hounslow for the C2 doubles category.
Florence is just thankful the qualification process is over and he can finally start looking forward to the Olympics.
He said: “I have trained for four years, desperate to get the one place that was available for the Games in the C1 category and also in the C2.
“The first one I confirmed was my C1 place and I was so excited that I was finally a part of the London Olympic Games.
“Up until then I have tried not to think too much about the excitement, because I simply wasn’t selected and there were a lot of other people trying to beat me.
“Now I have that spot I can really start looking forward to competing at home.”
Aberdeen’s Tim Baillie also qualified to race for Britain in the C2, after narrowly missing out on a place in the 2008 Olympics. He will team-up with Etienne Stott.
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