Why I run... Denise Lewis

"I started athletics after watching the Moscow Games in 1980. Seeing Daley Thompson and Sebastian Coe win gold had a huge impact on me. I was only seven but it was then when I knew what I waned to be. I was completely captivated. I wanted to be on that podium too. I loved training and competing because I'm a highly motivated and competitive individual. Athletics allowed me to push myself. It encouraged me to squeeze everything out of my body to get the best out of myself. It gave me the opportunity to be the best I could be". Denise Lewis, Olympic gold medallist, Heptathlon. Sydney Olympics 2000.