Laura Heredia: “The most important thing is to enjoy the competition and the experience of the Games”


The Spanish modern pentathlon athlete, Laura Heredia, is clear that she is going to try to “get as good as possible” to her Olympic debut at the Paris Games, an event that she wants to “enjoy” and that she is preparing with the help of a sports psychologist to help you “deal with everything” that an event of this magnitude entails.

“I’m going to enjoy the competition and the experience, which in the end is the most important thing, you never know if you’re going to experience the Games once or twice. I’ll try to do my best and try to win the medal, but obviously I’m We know that it is complicated,” said Laura Heredia in an interview for Europa Press.

The Catalan is “very happy” to have become the first Spaniard to compete in this discipline at the Games. “Since the European Games, which was when I qualified, I am much calmer. The truth is that it is enormously satisfying and the fact of representing my country for the first time in my sport at the female level makes me very happy and I am enjoying the road,” he said.

“The silver at the European Games is the result that I remember with the most enthusiasm and emotion because my family was there and also achieving the Olympic qualification was very special,” said the 24-year-old athlete.

Regarding these months prior to the Olympic Games, Laura Heredia confesses that, “at the moment”, she is not “nervous.” “I don’t want to think about it too much, but it is true that for a year now I have been working with a psychologist specialized in sports and she is helping me a lot to deal with everything and handle everything very well, to give me tools when it comes to facing the competition. In that sense I am calm, because I believe I have the means to be so,” she said.

The athlete gave her opinion about the proximity of the Olympic Games to Spain. “Just as I am, as a person and as an athlete, it always motivates me a lot and helps me to have the people closest to me, my family, my friends, be close, cheering me on, seeing them, that gives me a bonus that comes to me in the heart and gives me strength to reach the end,” he said.

Regarding the possibility of winning a medal, the Catalan does not hide that “in the end it is important to dream about it”, but that you have to “work” to achieve it in a sport that combines fencing, swimming, equestrian jumping, laser pistol shooting and running. cross country. Of all of them, where she performs “best” is “in the combined” with laser gun and race, which she also sees as “the most attractive test.”

“It is true that since Tokyo they changed the format of the pentathlon and have put all the disciplines much closer together. It will be much more media-friendly and the public can stay to watch the entire competition, which was a bit of the debate and the problem of our sport,” acknowledged the Spaniard.

This feels “very good in general, in all disciplines.” “It is true that swimming is my weakest test and we have to push and we are already doing it. We changed the type of training a little for Paris and I think it is working. Let’s see how we get there and then I have to be very solid in fencing to be among the best, it is a bit the key,” he noted.