Evangulov praises British preparation
27th July 2012
British Team Leader Alexei Evangulov insists his divers couldn’t be better prepared as they look to make an impact at London 2012.
The Russian – who took over as British Performance Director after the last Olympic Games in Beijing four years ago – was in an optimistic mood as he and the British team faced the world’s press ahead for the final time ahead of the start of the diving competition on Sunday.
The spirit of the team is very high - technically and physically they have prepared perfectly.
Evangulov admitted the men’s individual and synchronised 10m events as well as the women’s 10m synchro were the Brits’ best chances of landing a medal at the Games.
But with the youngest diving team entering the competition and with an encouraging preparation camp in Southend under their belt, Evangulov was adamant the Brits had plenty to be enthusiastic about.
“This British team is the biggest we’ve ever had,” said Evangulov. “We have 12 divers and they’re the youngest diving team at the Games with four of them under the age of 18 but with experienced faces in there as well.
“We had a productive preparation for the Games with several camps and competitions and we took part in all four legs of the World Series as well as the European Championships.
“The spirit of the team is very high. Technically and physically they have prepared perfectly.
“We had a good training camp in Majorca after the trials where the team relaxed and sunbathed as well as putting in very strong strength and conditioning work.
“Then we had the last two weeks in Southend-on-Sea.”
Haivng won World, Commonwealth and European gold already in his career, Tom Daley will be looking to complete his set with an Olympic title in London.
I had the Olympic experience in Beijing and I think pressure brings out the best in me.
And while the 18-year old has been the focus of much attention in the run-up to the Games, he insists he will thrive on the atmosphere in the Aquatics Centre.
“I don’t see pressure as a bad thing,” said Daley. “I like it in competitions and I’m used to it.
“I had the Olympic experience in Beijing and I think pressure brings out the best in me.
“Diving is an individual sport and you have to focus on what you’re doing at all times.
“I’ve been training as hard as I can and working as hard as I can both individually and with Pete and I’m excited to start competing now.”
Having won 10m Synchro silver with Leon Taylor at the Athens Games in 2004, Peter Waterfield will partner Daley in the 10m Synchro on Monday 30th August.
And while it will be his fourth Games, the 31-year old admits tonight’s Opening Ceremony will be the first he’s attended.
“It’s my fourth Olympic Games and I’ve never been to an opening ceremony before,” said Waterfield.
“The competition has been quite close in the past so I haven’t been.
“But this is a home Olympics and it’s not going to come around again in my lifetime so it’s one thing I really wanted to do. It will make it all feel more real. “