Gymnast


Gymnast

This feature documentary follows the British girls hoping for a place on the gymnastics team that went to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.


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As a sport, it can be pure joy.

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But not at this level.

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Gymnastics is not only a sport. It's a lifestyle.

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It can bring people together.

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It can pull them far apart.

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It's our life.

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Because once you learn to fly, you will never give it up.

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ROAR OF APPLAUSE

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Ladies, consider everything that is happening from now on

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as steps and milestones for the Olympics.

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Now, remember that the key point is to stay fit.

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To maintain your health as much as you can.

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You see something is not all right, don't slow yourself to get injured.

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Better get some negative words, yeah? Than an injury.

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You're on the way up, yeah?

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You can do a lot more and I'm expecting you to do more.

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You are... on top of the world

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for a couple of seconds.

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when you're on the podium

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and you realise you are the best in the world.

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But the first step you put down on the floor, you start from scratch again.

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These gymnasts know that Addy, myself and Corrina

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are watching them continuously.

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We either have them at a training squad,

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which would be at

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the National Centre at Lilleshall,

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or we'll go to their own centre.

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We're continually assessing and thinking and seeing what they're going to offer.

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So they know they're being assessed all the time and,

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at the end of the day, six of them will be selected.

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It's the Olympic Games. It's never out of your mind.

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If it IS out of your mind, then you must not want it enough.

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There's 10 to 12 of us that are really in contention

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and it's going to be hard to lose.

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-Everyone would love to be part of that six.

-Up, up, up...

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You put them under as much pressure as you can

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and see how they react on a do-or-die situation.

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Because it's big pressure here, but it's nowhere near as big

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as the Olympic pressure, with all the heartache,

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tension, surviving, not surviving.

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This is what their career is all about.

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GULLS CRY

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It's my life.

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Ever since I was seven, I've not known anything different.

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I've come to the gym, I've trained, gone home and then started it all over again.

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So it's just part of my life and obviously I have to love it,

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otherwise I wouldn't still be doing it.

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I just want to see that letter saying, "we're pleased to say you are representing Team GB"!

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Before I can think about anything to do with the Olympics.

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Until then, I've got just competitions, like the British

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and the Teams, help the team... hopefully get back up there.

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-Get back up there.

-So, I guess...

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But it's like any competition - I never dream of...

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I guess you think about winning the world title, but I've never actually thought to myself -

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"This worlds, I'm going to go and win a world title!"

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COMMENTATOR: Come on, Beth.

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Good luck. A score of 16.05...

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for gold.

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-COMMENTATOR:

-It's a very big series. Two releases.

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This is the one that came to grief last night.

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Whoah! She went for broke.

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Come on, she must keep concentration.

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More big skills to come.

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And again. Now, this was where we had a few problems last time.

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The full pirouette.

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Into the dismount, full twisting double back, wow!

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Fantastic, Beth!

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What about that?! She's smiling, we're smiling!

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She has scored 16.2!

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-Oh, fantastic!

-How about that?

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How about it!

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Britain's Beth Tweddle!

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The most difficult routine,

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from the technicality,

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are bars.

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You have to be extremely well-equipped.

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Speaking about the spatial awareness and about the feeling, yeah?

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We call it the hanging.

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So that you can use the bars

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during a routine, in creating the type of momentum you need.

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Some, like Beth, for example, have got ability to hang

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and to assess the vibration of the bar instinctively.

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My style is to analyse before I would use my discretion

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and my gut feelings about the team.

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There are different levels of abilities and, obviously,

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some can compete better in trials.

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Some can compete better in internationals.

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And we have to find the right balance.

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-Is it nice and warm on there?

-Yeah.

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Hannah? Do something flippy.

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-Go on, show Nana your full twist.

-Big high ones!

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-Do some somersaults.

-She's got a trial for the Olympics

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-right in the middle of doing four GCSEs.

-Oh, bless.

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She's got her Maths GCSE, then she's got History and English on the Tuesday.

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History on Thursday.

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-Ah.

-I mean, she trains 30 hours and travels ten hours, so that's 40 hours out of her week.

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I have Saturday night off, but I'm just too tired to go out.

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I just can never be bothered to get ready.

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By the time you get home,

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you've got to have a shower and then get ready.

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And then go out. And on Sundays, it's like my revising time, especially up to my exams.

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That's always been my catch-up time for homework and exams,

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and revision and stuff.

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I love spending time with my mum and dad, because I hardly ever see them.

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You see her during the week sometimes, she comes home at 9.30pm absolutely exhausted.

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You have to ice her legs and hot-water bottles,

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and I give her a bit of a rub on her calves cos they get tight.

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So, er...she staggers me every day.

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Do you think that you're there or thereabouts with the rest of them?

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-Competing for that place?

-Yeah.

-You do?

-I'd say so.

-Good.

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Good.

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You've got every chance, haven't you?

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-You know, obviously, how important it is.

-A big week.

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A big few weeks coming up. There's no let-up after that, is there?

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After this weekend.

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-And I have to miss my Girls Aloud concert!

-Miss Girls Aloud?

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-Let's hope it's worth it!

-Yep.

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You can't always be perfect.

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Like my mum always says, you're not a robot,

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you can't always do everything right.

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You're not programmed to do everything perfectly.

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You have to have a few mistakes sometimes.

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-OK there?

-Mm-hm.

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-Hurts a little bit.

-Ooh, it's still tight there, isn't it?

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My back pain...

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is like something trying to stop me from getting there.

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-If the triple's like that, then you're best doing a double twist.

-Yeah.

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Then you get a C and no deduction, rather than...

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'Some days, it's really sore.'

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Every day you're just hoping that the next day you'll wake up

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and it will be all right. But...

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it doesn't.

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Has there been a scan arranged for tomorrow afternoon yet?

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'Um, no.'

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Right, because if the scan's not done on Tuesday afternoon,

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then it definitely takes the first trial out.

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-'OK, I'll speak to you soon.'

-OK, see you soon, bye.

-'Bye.'

-Bye.

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'Couldn't have happened at a worse time.'

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But, um...

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I'm not the only one with an injury, but...

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feels like it, sometimes.

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Hello.

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Hiya, how are you? I'm good, thank you.

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The only day I get off, so, just stay at home and chill for a bit.

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Catch up with people on MSN, yeah?

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Not bad, got like, first trial next week, which is going to be like...

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eurgh, just going to be, like, so nervous.

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Um, yeah, but preparation is going all right.

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Training like 24/7.

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'They've put you in because you're good enough to be there.'

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And, yeah, there are bound to be people better than you,

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but you wouldn't be there if you weren't good enough, or...

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didn't have a chance of beating them, so,

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just focus on what you have to do

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and hopefully...you might surprise some people.

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When you're waiting for the judges to put their hand up

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before you compete, then the nerves really kick in,

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especially if the beam starts shaking.

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You have try and control yourself, cos you don't want to wobble.

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'Becky's personality is very strong. Very strong.

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'Becky has the track record -

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'she's won the British junior title for four years on the trot.

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'And Laura, she's a bit younger and a bit, sort of, almost immature.

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'Always been behind her.

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'Becky always wins everything and Laura is always the bridesmaid.

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'Without each other, the level wouldn't be as good.'

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Gymnasts have to be independent, they have to be mature.

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You can't have your parents do any of the work for you,

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it's all got to come from you and, if you don't want it,

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then it won't happen. You have to want it to get to the top.

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Good girl, it's OK. Good girl.

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'Becky...'

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'..She believes in herself quite a lot. She has, like, high hopes.

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'She knows where she wants to be.'

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-Push, good girl.

-Good girl, Becks.

-Good girl.

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OK, good. Really good effort.

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'Whereas, I don't believe in myself at all.

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'I just don't think I can do it,'

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I like to think of it, "I want to be there, not you."

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But I want them to be there as well, with me.

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Cos they've been with me throughout the whole time.

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And I want everyone to be there, but not everyone can be there.

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But I want to be there myself,

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so if it has to, like, move one of the girls out, then it has to do that.

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But...as long as I get my place, then I don't really mind,

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but I just want all the girls to do their best.

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-Thanks for the confidence(!)

-What do you mean, "Thanks for the confidence"?

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-You're all fighting for six places.

-Yeah, six places.

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But you're all fighting for that one place to get in.

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It's not just important to you, it's important to us.

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-I want to be able to put in that magazine.

-Nobody reads that, Mum.

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Yes, they do. "Local girl makes Olympics."

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Just think how all these that know...

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Put your feet down, Laura, please.

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All them on this street, "A local girl makes the Olympic Games."

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It is the most important thing you've got to do.

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-You've got to have a goal in life, Laura.

-I DO have a goal in life!

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-So, what's your goal?

-Go to the Olympics.

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If you get to the Olympics, you could be made. That you could.

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Press, up, up.

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Hold the legs.

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LAUGHTER

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Watch this!

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'When we're in the gym, like you've seen us training,

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we help and encourage each other as much as we can

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and when we're at the teams, it'll be exactly the same,

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because it's a team job.

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But there's then also that personal rivalry of, "If she does well,

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"then she could take my spot at the Olympics."

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So, there is that bit of rivalry there, but...

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we know it's not personal, it's just something that we do.

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'It's a huge mistake, a competitor to think...

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'what kind of competition it is, or, uh...

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'to get over-excited,'

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"Ah, it's the Olympics in Beijing",

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or, "It's the Olympics in London."

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No, it's not.

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It's the next competition where I have to deliver my routines

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at the level I am trained and that's it.

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The moment you can control that, you become better and better.

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No, Hannah was going to do the competition today, but she had a bone scan on Tuesday,

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to put dye in to see what was what, and then had a cortisone injection on Wednesday...

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-so John's recommended not to compete today.

-Have a rest?

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Yeah, just to let the injection settle down.

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'A lot of people say to me, "Oh, you don't need to worry, you'll get in,"

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'but I've still got to produce the goods on the day,

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'I've still got to show them that I'm competition fit.'

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If I'm not producing the results, then I'm not competition fit -

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they're not going to take me just because of my past achievements.

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'I've got to prove to them that I'm fit ready for this summer.

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'Not I was fit and ready for last summer.'

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SHOUTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND APPLAUSE

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'Everybody watches you.

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'You kind of go all shaky and nervous.

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'Especially if you've got family there.'

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You want to do it well

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so they can see what you're doing in the gym and stuff.

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'It just makes your heart swell. And it makes you choke.

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'It really does.'

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'Because, well, you're just so proud.'

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Come on, Han. Come on!

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'Not doing the Olympics is not even a consideration at the minute.'

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'They just want me to try my best and if it doesn't work out,

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'then it doesn't work out.'

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But, when it does go right, then they're over the moon for me.

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They always say that they're proud of me and stuff.

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Which gets to me, but it's nice.

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APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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'It was hard to watch everyone else doing the trial.'

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And then it sort of made me feel like...

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I hope the next two trials go as planned,

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cos otherwise, that's it, really.

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I think we will be a very compact team.

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Not the most beautiful team in the world, yeah? But competitive.

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Yeah, I know! That is the reality. What do you want?

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To tell you that all of you are nice like the Chinese? No, you're not.

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You are not getting any medals in the Olympics, I can swear. But...

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Yeah? Now, Hannah Whelan, if you train like you have competed today,

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you will have no problems.

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Laura. I can say you competed very well.

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I've told you, you are doing Arabian double front.

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I haven't seen a lot of girls in the world doing Arabian double front

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the way in which you do it.

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It's amazing, yeah?

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I've told you, you increase the amplitude of a lot of things you do.

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Now, what can I say?

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HIS VOICE FADES OUT

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Laura.

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The good thing is one of the best Arabian double fronts, yeah?

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The bad thing is...here.

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She has lots of height, but the arms are behind her body

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and the arms should be in front of her body to be capable to land.

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This is a move she's supposed to do.

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This is the moment when she's losing the position of the arms,

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because of the wrong position of the arms.

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Have a look at the arms. Where are the arms now?

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Yeah, already they are behind.

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The arms should be in front of her body.

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The most difficult routine from the physiological point of view

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is actually floor.

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But you have to fill in

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a minute and a half with artistic moves and tumbling...

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..which, you, with your face, and with your gestures,

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you have to create a story.

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But the quality of the tumbling will affect mainly the score.

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So that the whole floor routine

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becomes mixed towards predominant aerobic venture.

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At this moment in time for me, the positions have no faces.

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I don't care if it's Tweddle, Downie, Jones, King.

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I don't care, as long as the team is capable to give us the best possible result.

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I was fourth in that first trial.

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I didn't expect that at all.

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I'm more determined to prove that it wasn't just a one-off thing.

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THEY SQUEAL AND GIGGLE

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I'm glad to be home to sort my back out.

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If I'd gone to Romania, it would have been just competition format

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so I wouldn't have been able to build up my routines again slowly,

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so I probably would have made it worse again.

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COUNTRY AND WESTERN MUSIC PLAYS

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We could be walking out of here fixed, couldn't we?

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I propose putting some injections into those muscles and ligaments

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and the tissues around where that swelling and inflammation is

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to at least break that cycle of inflammation and pain that you've got into.

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Over the next week, get back into your training programme

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and confidently aim for doing your trials on Sunday.

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So she'd be able to train tomorrow, but not today?

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I think take it easy today, train tomorrow and play it by ear with your coach.

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There's nothing really scientific about this. It's commonsense measures more than anything else.

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OK, here we go. One line. This one here.

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The day has started.

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How are we feeling this morning?

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Good?

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-One good.

-Better.

-Better?

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-Your back's getting better?

-Yes.

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-It's looking up, isn't it?

-Yeah, really good.

-Looking up?

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Quiet on the end there. Maybe because you don't know the warm-up.

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You might have to lead it.

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How are we doing down this end?

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-Hm?

-We'll see once the warm-up starts.

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SHE GIGGLES

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I haven't made up my mind, not yet.

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-One nervous.

-I'm tired.

-Are you nervous?

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-Not nervous, tired.

-Not nervous?

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What about my chilled captain here in her tracksuit and everything else?

0:30:210:30:26

No problem.

0:30:260:30:28

Accelerating, you feel something is not OK.

0:30:550:30:58

Don't be concerned of what happens above the bar.

0:30:580:31:01

Be concerned what happens underneath the bar.

0:31:010:31:04

Hang...kick. Yeah? Hang, kick.

0:31:080:31:11

Colin, go near her.

0:31:180:31:20

Calm. Hang, kick. Hang, kick.

0:31:260:31:30

Hang, kick!

0:31:300:31:31

You are still shy in the kick.

0:31:310:31:34

I know you dropped once from the bar and you are frightened.

0:31:340:31:37

Fine, but you are nowhere near being in a danger zone.

0:31:370:31:43

Nowhere near.

0:31:430:31:45

All right, leave it for the afternoon.

0:31:450:31:47

He says there's an injury risk on all the pieces,

0:31:510:31:55

but the bars I've just become more scared of,

0:31:550:31:58

because I'm not as good at it

0:31:580:32:00

so I think that I probably could get injured more.

0:32:000:32:04

I could...not do as well just because I'm holding back.

0:32:040:32:10

Be brave once, Hannah. Kick and go with the upper back.

0:32:390:32:43

You'll find out you rotate very well.

0:32:430:32:45

What are you thinking about all this coming up, then?

0:33:300:33:33

I think you'll do well, as always. Clue's your spirit, innit?

0:33:330:33:37

What's the alternative? You've been training all these years.

0:33:370:33:41

You want it, don't you?

0:33:410:33:43

I've got all those phone calls lined up in my head

0:33:430:33:45

that I'm going to make as soon as I know you're in.

0:33:450:33:48

-And I've got the big kiss and a hug ready for when you're not.

-Yeah.

0:33:480:33:52

So guess which one I want to do.

0:33:520:33:54

THEY CHUCKLE

0:33:540:33:57

-It would be quite scary.

-Scary? Why?

0:33:590:34:02

Because I've been working for ten years for this moment in my life.

0:34:020:34:06

Dear girl.

0:34:060:34:07

'You have got three players here,'

0:34:100:34:11

not two. You have got the coach, the athletes and the parent.

0:34:110:34:17

Now in a variety of scenarios it's parent-driven,

0:34:170:34:21

coach-supported, athlete-centred.

0:34:210:34:24

Or coach-driven, athlete-centred and parent-supported.

0:34:240:34:31

They become part of the game,

0:34:310:34:33

but it's a huge mistake to ignore them.

0:34:330:34:36

Ooh!

0:34:360:34:38

Ah!

0:34:380:34:40

I bet that's the ones what come to our house, you know.

0:34:400:34:43

-Look how cute they are.

-Yeah. Quack quack.

0:34:430:34:47

Look at those ones over there. I want those ones. Ah!

0:34:470:34:51

I know you can do it.

0:34:530:34:55

-To me, you're best in the world.

-Best out of everyone?

0:34:570:35:00

Best out of everyone, yeah.

0:35:000:35:02

-Just take care of yourself. Are you listening?

-Mm-hm.

0:35:050:35:09

I like to know that they're proud of me doing what I do.

0:35:110:35:15

It motivates you quite a lot. It's good.

0:35:150:35:18

The most difficult routine,

0:35:350:35:37

from the concentration point of view, is beam.

0:35:370:35:40

It's tumbling on a reduced surface.

0:35:410:35:45

It's floor, not 12 by 12, but five metres by ten centimetres.

0:35:450:35:50

You have to maintain a flat level of concentration and commitment.

0:35:510:35:57

Laura, I'm very pleased with you. Come here.

0:36:250:36:28

Very pleased. You made that extra effort. You brought it in line, lifted up and landed it.

0:36:280:36:34

Becky, before you begin this, can you have a go with an effort or say something?

0:36:370:36:43

If you're just achy and tired, then you need to fight.

0:36:430:36:45

If something's really sore, you need to say something.

0:36:450:36:48

You need to stop muttering and pulling faces and concentrate on the job.

0:36:480:36:52

Laura knows she's doing quite well and Becky is suffering a little bit.

0:36:560:37:01

-She knows Laura's getting better.

-That's exactly what I think.

0:37:010:37:05

As soon as Becky was huffing and puffing, Laura's like, "I'm going to do all right."

0:37:050:37:09

It's good for both of them, because Becky's got it in her,

0:37:090:37:12

when her body's working right, to pull it out.

0:37:120:37:15

Whereas Laura thinks she's getting better.

0:37:150:37:18

She's gaining confidence, she's getting sensible.

0:37:180:37:22

Sometimes you do need to be shouted at,

0:37:220:37:24

sometimes to wake you up or just...

0:37:240:37:27

Normally to wake you up and get more out of you.

0:37:270:37:30

If they said, "You don't need to do any more,"

0:37:300:37:33

then you wouldn't get any better and you'd never be pushed.

0:37:330:37:36

So it's not nice when you have to be pushed to the limit, but it is always for the best.

0:37:360:37:41

I do put a lot of trust in Amanda.

0:37:490:37:52

Amanda knows that you're going to have bad days

0:37:520:37:55

and if that bad day, you just say,

0:37:550:37:58

"Well, if I can get through one routine and it's good,

0:37:580:38:02

"then that's an achievement."

0:38:020:38:03

If I can do it on a bad day, I can do it on a good day.

0:38:030:38:06

If you happen to get to a competition feeling rubbish,

0:38:060:38:09

you still have to produce the goods, which is why, when you're in the gym

0:38:090:38:13

and you're not feeling well, or something's hurting,

0:38:130:38:16

and you push yourself through it, that's why she's pleased with you.

0:38:160:38:20

It might not be the best routine in the world

0:38:200:38:22

but at the competition you'll have more adrenalin

0:38:220:38:25

so it gives you the confidence that you can do it on any day.

0:38:250:38:28

I've seen more of Amanda than I have my parents, definitely.

0:38:290:38:33

Even when I was living at home I was at school all day

0:38:330:38:37

and then I was training for four hours.

0:38:370:38:39

I used to go home and go to bed.

0:38:390:38:42

My dad used to say the car journey home

0:38:420:38:45

was the quality time that he could get with me,

0:38:450:38:48

because he used to have me stuck in one place for an hour

0:38:480:38:51

and used to be able to talk to me about everything,

0:38:510:38:54

whereas now he doesn't even get that because I live away from home.

0:38:540:38:59

I couldn't have come this far without my dad, because he's the one

0:38:590:39:02

who takes me to the gym every day. I suppose...it's not just me.

0:39:020:39:07

He's had to pick up the pieces after I've been broken up

0:39:070:39:12

and completely down and stressed and everything.

0:39:120:39:16

Yeah, you don't really realise how important your parents are.

0:39:170:39:22

The trauma we're going through now is like nothing I've ever experienced.

0:39:220:39:26

-Never mind us. What about her up there?

-Exactly.

0:39:260:39:29

I feel guilty sometimes, feeling the way I do,

0:39:290:39:32

because it's what we want for her.

0:39:320:39:34

It's her parents wanting all that hard work and all those sacrifices

0:39:340:39:39

to end up meaning something, don't we?

0:39:390:39:41

You always talk about following your dream,

0:39:410:39:44

and it is just such, it's a big dream.

0:39:440:39:47

-Yeah.

-But it's within your grasp.

0:39:470:39:51

And if you actually went,

0:39:510:39:53

I wouldn't want to miss the opportunity of being there.

0:39:530:39:56

That's what we've worked so hard for.

0:39:560:39:59

So we've booked flights, we've booked tickets for the event,

0:39:590:40:05

and we've booked accommodation,

0:40:050:40:07

and we're hoping to be able to use all of those.

0:40:070:40:11

But if it doesn't happen,

0:40:110:40:14

then, then I don't want to put any pressure on you, Han.

0:40:140:40:18

Yeah.

0:40:180:40:20

Just one more step to get into Beijing.

0:40:240:40:26

You know, not many parents

0:40:320:40:34

can relate to how their daughter's feeling.

0:40:340:40:38

I think my dad's quite good at doing that,

0:40:380:40:41

and he's quite good at helping me and boosting me up.

0:40:410:40:44

When I do feel down, he'll sit and talk to me and think, you know,

0:40:440:40:48

"Look what I've been through, I've done the same as you."

0:40:480:40:51

He's just really supportive of me, to be honest.

0:40:510:40:54

The biggest positive thing for me

0:40:540:40:56

is when she comes home from training and she's had a good day.

0:40:560:41:00

When she comes home and she's got a smile on her face, then...

0:41:000:41:03

Because Mel keeps quite a lot inside, she doesn't really talk that much.

0:41:030:41:08

Every so often, every blue moon,

0:41:080:41:11

she'll have a really good chat with you about the gym,

0:41:110:41:13

but very, very rare.

0:41:130:41:15

Probably the rest of the girls are identical.

0:41:150:41:18

She comes home from training and she's got a smile on her face,

0:41:180:41:20

I know she's had a good day.

0:41:200:41:22

We'll see what she looks like when...

0:41:220:41:25

When she says, "Hello, Dad", I know she's had a good day!

0:41:250:41:27

If she doesn't say, "Hello, Dad", she's had a bad day.

0:41:270:41:31

Come on, Mel, you can do it.

0:41:390:41:42

-OK, over, come on.

-Catch, good girl, come on.

0:41:420:41:46

-Tight.

-One skill at a time, you can do it, come on.

0:41:460:41:50

-Come on, Mel.

-Just work it through, come on.

-Over.

0:41:500:41:53

Come on, feet over.

0:41:530:41:56

-Tight.

-Come on, Mel. Come on, push.

0:41:560:41:58

Good girl, Mel, come on.

0:41:580:42:00

TUTS

0:42:050:42:06

-Tight.

-Tight.

0:42:110:42:13

Come on, just work it through.

0:42:150:42:17

-Come on, Mel.

-Come on, Mel.

0:42:210:42:24

-Tight. Good girl, come on.

-Over.

0:42:240:42:26

-Come on, Mel, you can do this.

-Come on.

0:42:260:42:27

Come on.

0:42:400:42:42

-Come on.

-Come on, Mel.

0:42:420:42:45

Come on, Mel. Tight.

0:42:490:42:53

Tight.

0:42:530:42:54

Come on, just work it through.

0:42:540:42:56

Come on, you can do this.

0:42:590:43:01

Good girl, Mel, come on.

0:43:030:43:05

-Nice, don't waste it now.

-Come on, finish it off. Tight.

0:43:050:43:09

-Push.

-Feet over.

0:43:090:43:11

Come on, keep it up.

0:43:110:43:14

Two mistakes, hands down on dismount, that's just sloppy.

0:43:140:43:18

Come on, Mel.

0:43:280:43:31

Come on. Come on, Mel.

0:43:350:43:37

Go on, Mel. Come on.

0:43:370:43:39

Tight. Good girl, Mel, come on.

0:43:390:43:41

-Come on, over the bar.

-You can do this.

0:43:410:43:44

Good girl, Mel, come on.

0:43:440:43:47

Come on, Mel.

0:43:470:43:48

Push. Good girl, come on. Come on now, go for it.

0:43:500:43:53

That's it, come on. You can do it.

0:43:550:43:58

Do you think that's actually going to achieve anything?

0:44:000:44:03

For the team or yourselves? No.

0:44:040:44:06

It is hard when you're travelling 25 miles in the car on your own,

0:44:580:45:02

and she doesn't want to speak and...

0:45:020:45:05

You just have to sit there and drive home in silence.

0:45:080:45:13

And say, "Do you really want to do this?"

0:45:130:45:17

Because you can stop, you can say no, and it can all stop.

0:45:170:45:21

And she's never, ever said that.

0:45:210:45:23

I always thought, the day she turns round and says,

0:45:230:45:25

I don't want to do this anymore,

0:45:250:45:27

we'd stop straightaway, but she's never, ever said it. Never.

0:45:270:45:31

Right, the only one thing I want to tell you

0:45:370:45:39

is to underline the importance of this trial.

0:45:390:45:43

For some of you, this trial can be make or break it.

0:45:470:45:50

Yeah? Right.

0:45:500:45:53

Right, the good thing or the bad thing?

0:46:270:46:30

-Bad.

-The bad thing, you make my life very difficult to decide.

0:46:300:46:34

The good thing - everybody is still in contention.

0:46:340:46:39

Speaking about performances - Hannah,

0:46:400:46:43

you don't have plenty of chances, I don't have to tell you, you know.

0:46:430:46:47

Everybody knows it's difficult to come from injuries.

0:46:470:46:50

But now, you have under your belt one trial.

0:46:500:46:54

Yeah?

0:46:540:46:56

Marissa, if you are not delivering where you are powerful,

0:46:560:47:01

I don't know if Jo has calculated, have you calculated?

0:47:010:47:04

What is the ranking of Marissa on vault?

0:47:040:47:05

-On vault?

-Yeah.

0:47:050:47:08

For today?

0:47:080:47:09

-6.

-6.

0:47:090:47:11

That means, theoretically,

0:47:110:47:13

I can leave you out, I will compete with the other five.

0:47:130:47:16

Colin, your observations?

0:47:160:47:20

Erm, Laura, I thought that was an unfortunate competition for you,

0:47:200:47:24

and one you need to pick up on for next time, to re-establish yourself.

0:47:240:47:30

Imogen, I was pleased with you, I thought you've moved forwards again.

0:47:300:47:33

Came strong on two pieces, it's whether you can show

0:47:330:47:36

on one more piece as to how useful you're going to be.

0:47:360:47:40

Mel, you didn't do a great job this time, but there's still time.

0:47:400:47:45

Polish, polish, polish, polish -

0:47:460:47:49

try to lose the minimum amount of points.

0:47:490:47:52

Keep on top of my training and not do too much,

0:47:590:48:02

so that it will make my back worse again.

0:48:020:48:05

Improve on a couple of pieces from the last trial.

0:48:060:48:09

When you up your game, they up their game.

0:48:090:48:12

You handled the first two trials badly, as you know.

0:48:180:48:22

And you are not in yet.

0:48:220:48:25

You are not. You could, you are not.

0:48:250:48:27

Wow! You now need to be careful,

0:48:340:48:36

because that last one was bordering on dangerous.

0:48:360:48:41

Hannah?

0:48:410:48:42

Don't worry, don't.

0:48:450:48:47

Look, I know you are tired,

0:48:470:48:49

I know you have done all the competitions and so on,

0:48:490:48:52

I want to see you how you cope being tired.

0:48:520:48:54

No problem whatsoever.

0:48:540:48:57

This is part of preparation. Good.

0:48:570:48:59

From now on, don't try to put anything else in.

0:49:100:49:13

No, no, no, no - stabilise, be calm and deliver.

0:49:130:49:19

That is the most important thing.

0:49:190:49:21

Well done, ladies.

0:49:210:49:23

Keep fit this week.

0:49:230:49:25

See you next weekend.

0:49:250:49:27

-Right.

-Thanks.

0:49:270:49:28

If you could have a dream team of your six gymnasts for the Olympics,

0:49:330:49:35

-they'd look like Hannah Whelan.

-I know, definitely.

0:49:350:49:38

The Romanians used to get that shape, but even they don't.

0:49:380:49:44

The Soviets used to get that shape,

0:49:440:49:46

but the pressures of society these days

0:49:460:49:49

don't allow them to go that thin

0:49:490:49:52

unless they are very naturally that thin.

0:49:520:49:54

She's just so lucky that she's built like that.

0:49:540:49:57

On bars, I just don't seem to have the natural ability

0:50:100:50:15

to do them as well or get the skills as quickly as other gymnasts.

0:50:150:50:19

Today we have to be brave, braver than we've been before.

0:50:210:50:24

Here on the downswing was good, and then at this point you scooped.

0:50:240:50:27

You knew we was going to be at this point.

0:50:270:50:29

You knew it yesterday, you knew it the day before

0:50:290:50:32

we were going to be at this point.

0:50:320:50:34

Well, we are at this point.

0:50:340:50:36

Now, we've got to get really brave.

0:50:360:50:38

Hannah Whelan - huge talent.

0:50:450:50:47

Optimum body.

0:50:470:50:49

Still she can be a lot better.

0:50:490:50:52

That should have felt good.

0:51:020:51:04

I hope she will believe.

0:51:040:51:05

When you speak about Clowes, they are mixed feelings.

0:51:200:51:23

She hasn't got the shape, but she's an extremely hard worker,

0:51:230:51:29

and everything she achieved, she achieved working very hard.

0:51:290:51:33

What I hope is, she's remembering that when she's achieving,

0:51:330:51:37

she's achieving it with hard work.

0:51:370:51:39

The moment when she's trying to work less, I don't think she's useful.

0:51:410:51:46

Marissa is a good vaulter. She could be a lot better.

0:51:540:51:57

Unfortunately, she came in the game a little bit late.

0:51:570:52:01

We call her the indestructible body, because she's so strong,

0:52:010:52:07

and she's so aware.

0:52:070:52:08

Not a very good one.

0:52:100:52:11

The most difficult routine

0:52:220:52:24

for the power of concentration, is vault.

0:52:240:52:28

In seven seconds, you are done.

0:52:280:52:31

In less than two seconds, you have got lots to do.

0:52:310:52:35

To attack the springboard, to attack the vaulting table

0:52:350:52:38

and to land in the middle of the corridor

0:52:380:52:41

without deduction and without movement.

0:52:410:52:44

There are 13 girls still fighting for the six places in Beijing.

0:52:480:52:53

And even after two trials and four control events,

0:52:530:52:57

the situation is not clear, it is as complicated as it can be.

0:52:570:53:05

So, the last trial will probably decide.

0:53:060:53:09

"First exam - how awesome are you?

0:53:130:53:16

"15 years old, with maturity and discipline beyond your years.

0:53:160:53:20

"We are so proud. Whatever you achieve will be fantastic,

0:53:200:53:24

"because we know you have worked your hardest in studying and at gym.

0:53:240:53:27

"We are here to help, support, feed and massage.

0:53:270:53:30

"Anything to get you through this busy time.

0:53:300:53:33

"Go for it, Han, do your best, you always do.

0:53:330:53:36

"And through it all, you will always be our little girl. Love you, Dad.

0:53:360:53:40

"Love you so much, Mum."

0:53:400:53:42

Before we start, yeah,

0:53:550:53:56

we went through a long journey together, yeah?

0:53:560:53:59

And this is the last stop before selection.

0:53:590:54:03

Some of you tomorrow will cry,

0:54:030:54:05

some will feel that their dreams are somehow fulfilled.

0:54:050:54:10

Now, believe me, I'm trying to be as straight as I can be.

0:54:100:54:15

You have to understand that, and be mature.

0:54:150:54:19

I've told you. I feel sorry for some of you, yeah, I feel sorry,

0:54:190:54:23

but it's not the end of the world.

0:54:230:54:26

Yeah?

0:54:260:54:28

All right?

0:54:280:54:30

Good luck to everybody. And I can't wait.

0:54:300:54:35

I am excited!

0:54:350:54:37

Really excited!

0:54:370:54:39

See you.

0:54:400:54:42

-Come on, Hannah.

-Come on.

0:54:460:54:49

Yes!

0:54:520:54:54

Come on, keep it going now.

0:54:560:54:59

Good girl, Mel!

0:55:030:55:05

Take that, eh? That's a good start, well done.

0:55:100:55:12

Well done, that was awesome. The dismount was good.

0:55:190:55:23

-Come on, Hannah!

-Come on, Hannah.

0:55:240:55:27

Hannah Clowes has to do a brilliant competition today, to have a chance.

0:55:270:55:32

Come on, Han.

0:55:320:55:33

Come on, Hannah!

0:55:370:55:38

-Come on, Hannah!

-Come on, Han.

0:55:380:55:40

Come on, Han!

0:55:400:55:41

Come on. Finish it off!

0:55:440:55:47

Come on, Hannah.

0:55:470:55:49

Come on, Hannah!

0:55:490:55:52

Come on!

0:55:520:55:54

-Come on, Hannah.

-Come on, Han! Come on, Hannah.

0:56:130:56:18

Come on, Hannah.

0:56:180:56:20

Come on, Hannah!

0:56:220:56:23

All right? Just a little bit late.

0:56:300:56:32

Everything else was very nice, though, good girl.

0:56:320:56:35

Over the top, plant those heels down on the beam, and press in.

0:56:360:56:40

Come on, Laura!

0:56:400:56:41

She'll do it, she'll do it, come on, girl.

0:56:410:56:44

-Come on, Laura!

-Come on, Laura!

0:56:460:56:48

Has she stuck so far?

0:56:510:56:53

-Come on, Laura.

-Come on.

0:56:590:57:01

Come on, girl, come on.

0:57:030:57:06

Come on, Laura.

0:57:060:57:09

Come on, Hannah.

0:57:410:57:44

It's all right, it's all right, listen, listen, listen.

0:57:460:57:49

We don't panic now.

0:57:490:57:51

Yes, it wasn't the greatest routine, Hannah.

0:57:510:57:53

But we've got to keep fighting,

0:57:530:57:55

you keep this chin up for me.

0:57:550:57:56

You can still do it, believe me.

0:57:560:57:59

Laura fell, Becky fell, Mel put her hands down, Marissa fell -

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they've all gone.

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We can't change that, Hannah.

0:58:060:58:08

We can't change it, yeah? So don't worry about it.

0:58:090:58:12

We need a little bit more now on the floor,

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and you have got that little bit more on the floor.

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And now we need it.

0:58:430:58:44

Come on, Hannah!

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-Come on, Laura.

-Come on, Laura!

-Come on!

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You listen to me now, listen to me carefully, and take this in.

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It is not over until it's over.

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Hannah Clowes has come off the beam twice, OK?

0:59:490:59:51

So pull yourself together, pull yourself together.

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It's not over, it's never over.

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She's crying now.

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-Hey?

-She's crying now.

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I'll tell you what, you've got a fun night tonight!

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Has anybody made it easy? Has anybody gone, "Yes, I'm going to make it"?

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No, nobody. They've all gone, "You sort it out."

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Right, Colin, Colin, yeah? In this order, as a discussion point...

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Just because I've put everything aside for this -

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like, my schoolwork and everything,

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so, hopefully, it'll happen in the end. Get my dream.

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It overwhelms your life,

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because of what it means, what's going to be announced tomorrow,

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it overwhelms your life for a period of time, everything else becomes insignificant.

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Because of her back, she hasn't done enough training.

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-Correct.

-Yeah? Now...

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So, which five would you put up on bars?

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Yeah... As a possibility,

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-and it's not only the bars at this moment.

-I know, but that's our weakest piece.

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As I say, I believe your life's planned out. What's meant to be is meant to be.

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If it's not meant to be this time, eventually, she'll get there.

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It might not be this year, it might not be till 2012. But we believe one day

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she might get that Olympic gold - or one of the Olympic medals.

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I just want to see her be rewarded for all her efforts over the years,

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and for her to have the chance to realise her dream.

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-Are we treating them all equal?

-Yes.

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Colin, it's not doing...

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-Colin, Colin, it's not doing...

-I just need this clear...

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Yeah, yeah, Colin - it's not doing it in the sense of doing it -

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those wild cards are given, yeah,

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to sustain the effort of the team.

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Absolutely want it.

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I want Hannah to be in Beijing.

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I want Hannah to be able to say to people

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for the rest of her life, "I represented Great Britain at the Olympics."

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What an honour. What a thing to be able to say.

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I understand from today, we are going to stay mum...

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-What means mum?

-Quiet.

-Extremely quiet.

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What I want is that when we leave, go through that door,

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that's it, end of story, and we have said our piece.

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That's all I want.

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OK, everyone? Yeah? OK, thank you very much indeed.

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls,

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the announcement of the gymnasts chosen to compete in Beijing

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is just a few moments away.

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Good luck, our kid.

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-Cheers.

-Good luck.

1:04:301:04:32

-It's all we could hope for, isn't it?

-All the best, yeah.

1:04:341:04:37

Do you want me to tell you?

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Yeah, all right, good. I will tell you.

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Right, the six who are going...

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Becky Downie.

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Laura Jones.

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Marissa King.

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Beth Tweddle.

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Hannah Whelan.

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Rebecca Wing.

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You have to understand that it was not an easy decision.

1:05:161:05:20

Everybody's crying. Everybody's crying.

1:06:121:06:15

If I stay there, I will start to cry myself.

1:06:151:06:17

Chin up, yeah?

1:06:201:06:21

Bigger and better things to do - believe it or not! Yeah?

1:06:211:06:27

Just giving you a cuddle because you looked like you were carrying the world

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on your shoulders. I know that's your job, but...

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The six gymnasts selected to represent Great Britain

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at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing in alphabetical order are...

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Becky Downie!

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The second gymnast to represent Great Britain, Laura Jones!

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Yes! Get in there!

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The third gymnast to represent Great Britain -

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Marissa King!

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The fourth gymnast to represent Great Britain -

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Beth Tweddle!

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The fifth gymnast to represent Great Britain -

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Hannah Whelan!

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The sixth gymnast to represent Great Britain -

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Rebecca Wing!

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-See you in Beijing.

-Are you coming?

-Yeah. I'll be here with my whistle!

1:09:191:09:23

-Biggest surprise of my life.

-It is ours.

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We told you, didn't we?

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And congratulations to all the gymnasts and their parents.

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We wish them all the best of luck with the Olympics.

1:09:441:09:48

Hey, what did I say four years ago?

1:09:481:09:50

You make me so proud.

1:10:141:10:17

I could not believe it.

1:10:201:10:21

'My dad was saying it's sort of like when you lose someone...

1:10:291:10:32

'like, that's how he said it felt, but...'

1:10:321:10:35

I haven't lost anyone before, but...

1:10:351:10:39

..it doesn't feel nice.

1:10:401:10:42

Seeing that happen to your child is something I would never want to repeat.

1:10:451:10:49

Never.

1:10:521:10:53

Obviously, you try not to cry, but you can't hold it in.

1:10:551:10:58

And it just gets worse when someone...

1:11:041:11:07

even when someone's nice to you, it makes it worse as well.

1:11:071:11:11

Even though they're trying to be nice.

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But it just makes you think about it again.

1:11:141:11:17

INAUDIBLE CHATTER

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Right, now, remember that we fly from Great Britain

1:12:291:12:33

to Hong Kong, which normally takes 12 hours.

1:12:331:12:36

We arrive late afternoon, let's say at about 5 o'clock.

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This is a residential zone

1:12:411:12:43

and our block is here.

1:12:431:12:47

Try to share and live like a family.

1:12:471:12:50

Are there any eights?

1:12:501:12:52

I'll need about a 10 or a 12.

1:12:521:12:54

Here is a dedicated tube line for Olympians.

1:13:061:13:10

Not allowed to run on the stage.

1:13:231:13:27

You will eat what the nutritionist will tell you to eat.

1:13:381:13:43

One, two, three, yeah! Thank you.

1:13:501:13:53

Obviously, bikes, forget it.

1:13:531:13:56

Soak up the atmosphere of the Olympic Games and have a great time.

1:13:561:13:59

To go out there and do my job that I've been training for for the past four years.

1:13:591:14:04

Ladies, remember that the Chinese have learnt English.

1:14:041:14:09

If you make jokes, they will consider the jokes

1:14:091:14:12

to be offensive towards the Games,

1:14:121:14:15

they can come to ship you home like that.

1:14:151:14:20

Behave as professional as you can be.

1:14:211:14:24

I don't try to interfere in your private life here,

1:14:241:14:28

but your private life in the Olympics is not your private life.

1:14:281:14:32

Go, go, go.

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CHEERS

1:14:451:14:50

Hooray!

1:14:501:14:52

Happy birthday, Han.

1:14:521:14:53

Happy birthday, Hannah.

1:14:531:14:54

You have to make a decision now.

1:14:571:14:59

If we have to replace her, not to take her at all

1:14:591:15:02

-and if we don't have...

-Do we have to make the decision...?

1:15:021:15:05

No, we have to make the decision probably before Friday evening.

1:15:051:15:08

-Well, why don't we have the scan...

-Of course, yeah, yeah.

1:15:081:15:11

Laura, go and get your stuff, my love.

1:15:111:15:14

-I've got it.

-There's another bag.

1:15:141:15:17

You need something warmer than this.

1:15:171:15:19

I'm just going to go and get the directions

1:15:191:15:21

and then go and wait by my car. OK?

1:15:211:15:24

Then I did the front thing and I felt it go down my leg a bit.

1:15:241:15:28

And then after the free walk, that's when I proper felt it

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and then I got to my dismount and my leg just collapsed.

1:15:311:15:35

Well...

1:15:391:15:40

you're doing heavy work at the moment, aren't you?

1:15:401:15:44

So you can't expect to have nothing at all, no pain at all,

1:15:441:15:50

from what you've been through before, so...

1:15:501:15:54

..it'll ease off a little bit, I'm sure it will settle down again.

1:15:561:16:00

But don't get yourself in a state.

1:16:021:16:05

Cos that's not going to help anything.

1:16:051:16:07

Everything else will go wrong then.

1:16:071:16:09

Come on, Linda.

1:16:111:16:12

She was doing her skill on the beam,

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landed the skill with a back somersault,

1:16:171:16:19

so they told me, I didn't see it.

1:16:191:16:21

But, um, got herself injured, so...

1:16:211:16:24

..we happened to have our orthopaedic surgeon in the gym,

1:16:251:16:29

he looked at her and said we need to have a scan,

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so she's on the way down the motorway to have a scan

1:16:321:16:36

to get a decision and then the medics make the decision.

1:16:361:16:40

I need medical statements this time, not opinions.

1:16:401:16:45

-I know, yeah, so obviously we need to wait for the official...

-Yeah.

1:16:451:16:50

You've nearly picked off all of that nail varnish you put on.

1:17:001:17:04

-COACH:

-Right, so, Jones is in the hospital, yeah?

-Yeah.

1:17:061:17:09

Right.

1:17:101:17:11

Er, if it's about changing the kit to swap over,

1:17:161:17:21

what is the difference in size between you and Jones?

1:17:211:17:24

The same.

1:17:241:17:26

-The same?

-About.

1:17:261:17:27

Because physically, there's no time, if I have to replace her,

1:17:271:17:31

to re-kit you and that will happen probably in Macau or Beijing.

1:17:311:17:35

As you are at the moment,

1:17:351:17:37

you don't think you could perform to your full level?

1:17:371:17:40

Not to the full level, but I could perform, if I had to.

1:17:401:17:44

OK.

1:17:441:17:46

Whatever she requires and needs, whatever that might be,

1:17:461:17:50

it might just be loads of experience, it might need friendship,

1:17:501:17:54

it might need whatever, but you're going to need to support her,

1:17:541:17:57

cos she will for sure need some support. OK?

1:17:571:18:02

And then we'll see what happens,

1:18:021:18:04

decisions will be made at some stage, you know, by the medical people.

1:18:041:18:10

That's probably tomorrow.

1:18:101:18:13

Well, let's not think about that.

1:18:131:18:14

Let's not think about that. Let's stay positive.

1:18:141:18:17

Let's hope it all works out.

1:18:171:18:19

The recommendation is not to take her.

1:19:441:19:47

The recommendation is for her to start in eight weeks.

1:19:471:19:51

The doctor, the specialist injected her,

1:19:511:19:54

asking her to train somehow today and to see how it is.

1:19:541:20:00

But the risk is the disc is popping out, it's goodbye gymnastics.

1:20:001:20:05

That is a big risk.

1:20:051:20:07

Other than that, she can be eventually mended

1:20:071:20:10

over a longer period of time. Yeah. So that she can carry on.

1:20:101:20:18

Your first target, don't give up. It's not about the time to give up.

1:20:201:20:26

Laura, I know, it's a bitter pill

1:20:261:20:28

to swallow and I feel very sorry for you,

1:20:281:20:31

but that is life. Er...

1:20:311:20:35

Stick in your head, the first thing you have to do is to mend your back.

1:20:351:20:40

Yeah? Not to work on the back in a dodgy situation, you know.

1:20:401:20:44

Mend the back, yeah? Keep feet, yeah?

1:20:441:20:49

And from January, yeah, come back with the full power.

1:20:491:20:53

I don't think it's any big problem.

1:20:531:20:57

You work very hard, but what can I say?

1:20:571:21:00

Yeah, everybody is feeling so bad. Yeah.

1:21:001:21:04

Yeah... Yeah... Look, I've told you.

1:21:081:21:13

Laura. Life is a bitch. And round.

1:21:131:21:17

Nobody only had good things in life, everybody had bad things in life.

1:21:181:21:22

Yeah? You are at the bottom.

1:21:221:21:25

It will come a time when you will smile again.

1:21:251:21:29

Yeah? But here, Laura. It's about here.

1:21:291:21:32

How strong you are here. I know you are very strong.

1:21:321:21:36

ACCORDION PLAYS

1:23:051:23:10

THEY SING IN CHINESE

1:23:121:23:17

I took over United Kingdom

1:23:591:24:01

and at that moment in time they were only the 22nd place in the world.

1:24:011:24:05

Gradually we improved them.

1:24:051:24:07

In the last World Championships we came sixth.

1:24:071:24:10

Before we have been a participant, now we are a contender.

1:24:101:24:14

Though the medals are not probably, but they are possible.

1:24:141:24:18

And, er, we will fight for them.

1:24:181:24:20

CHEERING

1:24:301:24:34

DRUMMING

1:24:341:24:39

CHEERING

1:24:491:24:52

As a group, the quality and diversity of the characters,

1:24:551:25:01

it's nice to look at them and realise they are not robots.

1:25:011:25:05

They are not stereotype.

1:25:051:25:09

They are not regimented.

1:25:091:25:11

Day by day they are growing and improving.

1:25:131:25:18

My heart was probably beating as fast as it's ever beaten.

1:25:231:25:27

It was really scary but I was really excited as well.

1:25:271:25:30

I did want to cry, because we were there, but obviously you couldn't burst into tears

1:25:301:25:34

because everyone would be like, "What's the matter?" All of us felt the same.

1:25:341:25:40

Seeing the whole crowd and the lights

1:25:401:25:43

and the other competitors walking in with you,

1:25:431:25:46

the TV screens, it just made it completely real.

1:25:461:25:51

It was just amazing.

1:25:511:25:52

Perhaps they did get to go to the Olympics.

1:25:551:25:57

Didn't get into the actual team

1:25:571:25:59

and I don't think I could hold it against them.

1:25:591:26:02

Obviously there is that little bit there that you just wish it was you.

1:26:021:26:06

I didn't know whether I'd be able to cope with the pressure

1:26:131:26:15

because it's my first big competition

1:26:151:26:19

and I think I knew that it was a gamble to choose me really.

1:26:191:26:22

I haven't got any experience whatsoever.

1:26:221:26:24

'High hopes for her for the future.'

1:26:291:26:31

'Wonderful tumbling from Hannah Whelan. My word!'

1:26:561:27:02

'It is our dreams to go to the Olympics.

1:27:021:27:05

'To get there was just so amazing.

1:27:051:27:08

'You're actually there, you're actually doing it.

1:27:081:27:11

'It actually did make it, and this is the day.'

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