Martin Stamper will draw strength from his "underdog" tag as the Liverpool taekwondo fighter looks to deliver an Olympic medal in London.
Stamper has been selected in the under-68 kilogram division in the four-strong Team GB squad.
The 25-year won bronze at the 2011 World Championships, which was followed up with the British Open title as well as another third place at the 2012 European Championships in Manchester during May.
As a home fighter, Stamper will be seeded fourth at the Games, which could see the draw open for the Liverpudlian.
Stamper accepts he may well be seen as the outside medal chance of the British squad - which also includes double world champion Sarah Stevenson, promising Wales teenager Jade Jones, 2011 world silver medalist, as well as controversial selection Lutalo Muhammad, European champion at under-87kgs.
However, Stamper is confident he can deliver the goods on the biggest stage of all at ExCeL in August.
"Everything we have done in training has been towards maximising my performance when I get to the Olympics," Stamper told Press Association Sport.
"We are doing some different things which will improve my performance.
"If I can put three or four good performances in on the day, then I could get on that podium.
"At the moment, I am probably going in as a bit of an underdog, but I like that.
"The Olympics will have the top 16 guys in the world, so every fight is going to be tough, and I will need to be at my best on the day - but with the great training I have been getting and support from everyone, I know I can achieve that."
Taekwondo hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons last month following the decision to overlook world number one Aaron Cook for the under-80kgs place in favour of Muhammad, who will drop down a weight to fight at the Games.
The original announcement was postponed following Cook's appeal, which eventually led to the British Olympic Association ordering GB Taekwondo to reconvene their selection panel for what was a third time.
Eventually, the national governing body's nomination was ratified, with the World Taekwondo Federation also last week finding protocols were followed in the process.
While Stamper accepts the saga was unfair on both fighters involved, he admits it did have a negative impact on the rest of the squad.
"Thankfully it has simmered down now, but at the time it did overshadow things," Stamper said.
"At the start, Jade, Sarah and I had been named, but we could not say anything as everything kept getting put back - there was supposed to be a press conference at Manchester Town Hall, but that was cancelled.
"I was on a bit of a downer for a week or two, because I wanted to tell everybody, but when it finally got released, it did not put a damper on it, as I was getting lots of support.
"I went down to where the Olympic torch was coming through Liverpool and it was a great atmosphere."
Stamper, who took up the sport aged six, intends to make the most of the once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete at a home Games.
"I have seen some of the guys in the official Team GB kit, and it all looks amazing," he added.
"For me now it will be about getting a good balance of being proud that you have been selected, but also putting in the training that is needed to, because I am not going to London just to take part - I am going there to win a medal."