Despite facing injuries and doubt, KJT is now determined to pursue an Olympic medal.

Despite facing injuries and doubt, KJT is now determined to pursue an Olympic medal.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson simply desires an opportunity to compete at the 2024 Paris Games.

The champion of the heptathlon, who is 31 years old, achieved success for the underdogs during the previous year’s World Championships. She felt an even greater burden on her shoulders when she was doubted by many.

After suffering an Achilles rupture and a calf injury leading to an early exit from the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, Johnson-Thompson was determined to prove herself last summer. And she did just that. However, she is now finished with showcasing and is determined to finally secure an Olympic medal in her fourth attempt.

She stated that she is in a good physical and emotional state, at a place she hasn’t been in a long time. Her goal in Paris is to be on the starting line with a fighting chance.

“I no longer feel the need to prove myself. It’s a comfortable and content position. It can be overwhelming when there are no expectations placed on you, which is something I have experienced in the past. However, when there is pressure to perform, it can be a positive thing as it highlights your capabilities and potential.”

In my perspective, having a strong support system can positively impact my performance. Since I am the one solely responsible for my performance in Paris, I choose not to dwell on external factors that may bring negativity.

Johnson-Thompson’s sole heptathlon of the year in anticipation of Paris may potentially be at the European Athletics Championships in June.

Defending Olympic gold medalist Nafi Thiam has announced she will participate in the Italian capital, setting the stage for a potential showdown with Johnson-Thompson right before the Olympics. Successfully winning the competition in Rome would leave Johnson-Thompson with all titles except for the Olympics.

Johnson-Thompson set her stall out with an indoor shot put personal best at the UK Athletics Indoor Championships in February as she continues to inspire a new generation of talent, 12 years on from her Olympic debut at London 2012.

KJT claimed the gold medal at the World Championships.

At the Youth Sport Trust Conference Awards, sponsored by Sports Directory and The LEGO Group, she shared, “I am lost without sports, which I first discovered through high jump lessons in PE class.”

At a young age, I discovered an identity through my talent, which earned me recognition for my skills.

“I began cultivating my identity at a young age, but upon reflection, I now realize I am content with who I am. I have an extensive portfolio of diverse experiences and challenges, including some of my most difficult moments as an athlete.”

The Youth Sport Trust is the top charitable organization in the UK working to enhance the education and growth of every youth through sports and play.

Johnson-Thompson bestowed seven accolades to educational institutions, foundations, and groups nationwide that diligently prioritize the inclusion of sports in the growth of young individuals.

She exclaimed, “It was such a wonderful experience to hand out the awards this evening. The event was fantastic!”

“I have ingrained in me a passion for youth development and have been involved in various competitions through this organization since my childhood. I am grateful for the opportunity to give back now.”

The Youth Sport Trust Annual Conference Awards recognize schools, organizations, trusts, and people who have made a significant and meaningful difference in the lives of youth, in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust. Discover how the Youth Sport Trust is enhancing the future of children through sports and play at