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Dec 9, 2016 |
Coaching, 2016 - 2017,  |
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Lily wins Gold

He worked with Lijia Xu from China from 2011 to 2016, the highlight of which was her winning since the Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.

There is never enough time when preparing for the Olympics. It really is a case of making the best of every opportunity which comes along. I feel that a huge number of lessons have been learned and it is my greatest hope that these can be taken onwards, towards the future.

One thing which stuck me is life is all about the journey, not the final destination which makes up such a small part (although there is surely no better sporting destination than an Olympic Gold medal). I knew that whatever the result in Weymouth I would be able to sleep well, knowing that I had done my best and no one could have asked me to do any more.

We worked just so hard to be consistent, to deal with the pressure and to communicate. When I heard Lily laugh the morning of the medal race I just knew we were going to have a good day.

Jon Emmett has over 20 years of coaching experience from grass routes to Olympic Gold.