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I still wanted to be the best I could be, and I could still do that, regardless of whether or not I was doing it in a GB vest. I carried on training for another eight years, and won six more Paralympic Gold medals. Of course, to many of the general public I hadn’t failed at all in Atlanta. My profile was high. I appeared on Question of Sport, and also This is Your Life. It was a strange experience, having my life run through in twenty-nine minutes, and it brought together a lot of my friends. 36 AIM HIGH I must say I enjoy the way my sporting achievements have brought me into the public eye.
She had been ill 32 AIM HIGH during the run up to the Games and had had a tough time competing, but was still a threat. However, I won, and after that – though there was a lot of pressure – the 200 metres went OK. For the final of the 400 metres, I knew I had a chance of doing really well, but also knew that I had to push a really smart race. The night before the final we got the lane allocations and I found that I had drawn lane seven. I was number one in the world, was the world record holder and hadn’t been beaten that season over 400 metres, but I was used to racing this distance in middle lanes.
When I was training for the Atlanta Games 34 AIM HIGH in 1996, I had many problems. It was a tough training year, and there were many other calls on my time. By the time I got to compete at the Games, I knew that it was going to be difficult for me to do well. I had qualified for the Olympic Games demonstration race, coming fourth overall, but the Paralympics were going to be different. As it happens I raced well, broke several of my personal best records, and came away with one gold medal and three silvers.