She could not defend her heptathlon gold from the 2012 London Olympics and settled for a silver but British athlete Jessica Ennis-Hills says just to line up at the ongoing Rio Games has been an incredible experience for her.
“The experience has been incredible. To get here and to be lining up on the start line before the hurdles, in one piece, having had some really challenging years leading into this Olympic Games has just been incredible to be here. And especially to compete and come away with a silver medal,” she said.
Jessica said she has endured challenging times in the run-up to the Games here. “It was a completely different experience. I think London was my first Olympic Games, it was all very new. And it was just that feeling of, when everything comes together, on that one occasion, everything just flowed, everything was perfect. This time, it’s been a little bit more of a challenge.
“I’m an older athlete. I’ve had injuries. I’ve steeped away from my sport for a couple of years. It’s been a really challenging few years. But to get here, eventually in one piece and to win a silver medal, both Olympic Games have been equally as incredible,” said the celebrated athlete who is also a brand ambassador of Omega.
Jessica said she has not yet taken a call on whether to retire or continue. “I think it’s just for me to sit down and really think about what I want to achieve from the rest of my career. I feel very happy and content in the career that I’ve had over the past few years and the medals I’ve achieved so far. It’s really a decision about motivation,” she said.
“Have I got that drive and motivation to keep going or am I content and satisfied with what I’ve achieved? The heptathlon is a tough event, it’s one of the toughest events, and the training it requires, and the time, the physical and mental energy is exhausting. So it’s a big decision. Athletics has been a huge part of my life for so long, so it’ll be a tough decision to make,” she added.