After winning Britain’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Adam Peaty said he hopes his victory will give hope, joy and inspiration to his team and to his country. “This is why we are all here, because sport has an incredible power to inspire people, and I hope that will be an incredible motivation for people,” said Peaty.
“I hope this is a catalyst not only for the GB team but also for the people back home to shift to another gear, to say: ‘We have been through a difficult period, there has been a lot complaints, lots of excuses, lots of negative things, but now we have to change our minds.
Peaty said that was what he had to do himself to win here. “It has been a difficult 18 months. For the past 18 months, every day has been almost in the dark, ”he said. “Covid took a lot of fun out of things. “
Last year he bought a house and became a father, while trying to prepare as best he can for these Games during all lockdowns. “We have gone through a difficult period. The world has been going through a difficult time and in the UK it has been very difficult. But for us it was a difficult journey. We haven’t had any training camp, no overseas races, and then we threw a newborn into this mix and it all gets a little tough and complicated. Peaty’s son George-Anderson was born last September.
“Becoming a father, buying my first house, there were days where I woke up and I thought ‘this is hard, this is really hard,’” said Peaty. “Those three weeks that I was in bed and he woke up every two hours for a diaper change, or every hour for a meal, and I thought, ‘Fuck me, this is going to be hard. ‘ My eyes slowly grew heavier and heavier, and it felt like I had to get on that plane to compete in the International Swimming League just so I could sleep, not so I could perform, just sleep. And I hid a lot of things from my own family, I hid a lot of stress, I had a lot of those times where it was very, very hard, very different.
In the pool too, “it was hard to find this emotion, to find this kind of performance when there is no crowd, to find it when you can’t go and do what you want on the weekends, to find it when you can’t participate in training camps, when there has hardly been any international competition, so this challenge in itself was very different, it’s a very different preparation ”, Said Peaty: “There were so many challenges, so many challenges, and a few breakdowns too, because I thought, ‘What am I doing by training three times a day, every day? ? The answer, he said, was for times like this.
“I’ve always thought that the 99.99% of the time we spend in the dark is the 0.01% we spend in the light. “