“I’m going there to win nothing else

GB look to Euro success

It is a warm front of confidence that has spread throughout the cheap canada goose uk British team. The forecast for Barcelona promises medal showers and more than occasional hail.

Hail Jessica Ennis! Hail Phillips Idowu! Hail canada goose Lisa Dobriskey! Hail Martyn Rooney, Greene and Jenny Meadows!

Barcelona could prove to be one giant salute fest for the best of British if the positive words Canada Goose online coming out of this Portuguese base here in the Algarve can be turned canada goose uk shop into glorious actions in the Olympic Stadium.

To be here is to be away from paying the bills, buying the milk, cooking the dinner, pleasing the relatives.

To be here is to focus, to develop vision of the tunnel kind, a tunnel that leads all the way to Barcelona finals, personal bests, podiums and buy canada goose jacket cheap ultimately gold.

“It’ll be a disaster if we don’t win,” declared one lap marvel Rooney of his 4x400m team’s expectancy that they will follow up world silver with European gold.

Rooney carries similar bravado into his individual event confidence born canada goose clearance sale of a Canada Goose sale summer in which at least this one Rooney has consistently delivered. “I’m going there to win nothing else.”

Sitting across from 52 members of the British team during our interview sessions uk canada goose this week, I have uk canada goose outlet seen and heard this level of desire and conviction time and canada goose uk black friday again.

The positive mantra is delivered from on high in UK Athletics these days and is being readily Canada Goose Coats On Sale supported by the men and women at the sharp end.

Of course, all cheap Canada Goose the talking and posturing counts for nought if the results don’t follow.

But in Berlin last year, the results came and the belief grew. There is no reason to canada goose factory sale suspect a different, gloomier outcome in the Spanish sun.

Many here have told of their belief that ruling Europe now could be a launching pad to conquering the world at the 2012 London Olympics.

It is refreshing that the fiery determination has not been presented alongside an air of unwelcome canada goose intensity. Indeed there are smiles aplenty on show, the banter is flying and the group is bonding.

This is a time for training and fine tuning, yes. But relaxation is key too the crucial calm before the championship storm. The Canada Goose Parka topcanadagoose game faces can be worn come competition time.

Mind you, Idowu revealed he’s adopted a more relaxed approach even to Canada Goose Jackets competing. The intensity of the Olympic final in Beijing did him no favours.

“I hated it so now I chat to the canada goose store other athletes alongside me and it helps relax me more,” said Idowu.

It was a plan he put into place with great effect Canada Goose Online in Berlin last year, canada goose coats on sale turning silver from the previous year into glorious gold.

Phillips too has Canada Goose Outlet been awash with smiles. That world title has unquestionably freed him. When I asked him what three words would best sum him up, he replied quick as a flash tall, dark and handsome.

Asked canada goose black friday sale what he would make for dinner to impress his significant other he declared: “I’d make a call to the takeaway place.”

Group laughter was provided at a team photo buy canada goose jacket call. UKA’s head coach Charles Van Commenee he of the trademark black rimmed spectacles stepped away from the gathered athletes and coaches on the photographer’s instructions.

Then each of the throng donned their own pair of ‘CVC style’ glasses, craftily provided in secret by an insider.

When the boss turned round, he witnessed one big, tongue in cheek canada goose coats tribute to him a vision of the fun amid the focus.

Van Commenee inspired the troops by showing film footage of the great British athletics exploits at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

Linford Christie powered heroically canada goose clearance to victory in canadian goose jacket the 100m. Sally Gunnell strode magnificently to a 400m canada goose uk outlet hurdles triumph.

Eilidh Child, herself a 400m hurdler of ever burgeoning promise, was not alone in admitting: “It gave me goose bumps.”

Christie, out here as a coach, read two poems at the team meeting one written by him.

They offered inspirational words to accompany the inspirational pictures. Team captain Jessica Ennis offered yet more. It was at once emotive and uplifting.

“Now it’s time for us to create our own great memories in that stadium,” said seasoned sprinter Christian Malcolm.