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Smith prizes sport over fame

18th December 2012, 03:57pm

Zoe Smith shot to prominence during London 2012

Zoe Smith shot to prominence during London 2012

Team GB weightlifter Zoe Smith is more concerned with improving in her sport than claiming the fame following her exposure during the Olympic Games.

Smith, 18, claimed the British clean and jerk record in the Women's 58kg division, becoming one of the most popular figures of the Olympics in the process.

The teenager will now travel to Australia in January to compete for Team GB at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and, unlike some of her fellow British Olympians, Smith intends to continue working away at her weightlifting rather than taking up a celebrity lifestyle.

"For me it is about concentrating on my sport at the moment," she told Press Association Sport.

"The media side of things is nice, obviously we had Louis (Smith) and Victoria (Pendleton) on Strictly Come Dancing and Ashley McKenzie in Big Brother, but for me it is about trying to improve in my sport, I don't want to capitalise on the fame and want to get my head down and do what I can."

Smith also revealed she has known since the summer that she would have the chance to compete in Sydney and will treat it as the start of preparations for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

She said: "I was told I could be competing at the Youth Olympics back in the summer whilst I was at the Olympics so it has been in my sights for six or seven months.

"It will be my first time back on the platform after the Games so I'm really looking forward to it and hopefully I can put in a good performance.

"I'm not entirely sure how the performance will go, maybe not Personal Bests but obviously I'm going to give it my best shot and see what happens.

"This is the first of a few competitions - Glasgow is, in the short term, my main aim. I got a bronze in Delhi in 2010 and I hope to improve on that in 2014."

Greenwich-born Smith reckons her life has been transformed since the London Games and is targeting a medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

"A hell of a lot has changed - I've gone from being someone who does a bit of sport to an Olympian and it is kind of more serious now," she said.

"I have done my first games and I'm not a future hope, I'm someone that is taking it seriously and hope to medal in the future.

"It is a dream that could very well be a reality in four years time, it will take a lot of hard work from me but it is definitely not impossible, so anything could happen."


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