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Jess Fox on 2020 Olympic programme: “It puts more pressure on”

Fresh off being named Athlete of the Year at the NSW Sports Awards for a record-equalling third time, Olympic medalist Jessica Fox spoke to Macquarie Sports Radio Mornings about what the future holds.

The canoe and kayak slalom paddler has won two Olympic medals: Silver in 2012 and Bronze in 2016. The one thing still missing from her illustrious CV is an Olympic Gold medal.

Her pet event – the C1 – has been added to the Olympic schedule for Tokyo 2020 but Fox said that doesn’t make it easier to get that Gold, “I don’t think it takes the pressure off, it probably puts more pressure on.”

However she is very excited about potentially competing in both the K1 and the C1 at the Olympics, “That Gold medal is the dream goal in Tokyo. If I could have the opportunity to do the two classes that would be incredible”.

Fox comes from a family of paddlers with her parents both considered greats of her sport.

There could have been some family jealousy when the 24 year old recently won both the C1 and K1 titles at the World Championships to take her tally to seven individual crowns and become the most successful paddler in history – male or female. Not according to Fox, “It’s good that it stays in the family, there’s no hard feelings [from them]. Very special to be able to share it with them because they’ve been such a massive part of my career. Dad taught me to paddle and Mum has been my coach for the past 15 years.”

Though it is possible her Mum is getting back at her in more subtle ways. Despite the record rainfall and storms in Sydney on Wednesday morning, Fox wasn’t given the morning off training. Her mother Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi didn’t give her a day off training.

“Rain, hail or shine we’re on the water”, Fox said.

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