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MUCH TO PONDER: Jessica Ennis

JESSICA ENNIS has admitted that she is feeling the stress in the build-up to the London Olympics. Speaking to the Sheffield Star, the Olympic hopeful revealed that the emergence of social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook has put a huge amount of pressure and demands on athletes: “Things have changed so much, with Facebook and Twitter,” she explained. “Everyone is so much more accessible these days - no British athlete has ever experienced what we are experiencing now.

“It’s such a unique situation with the home Olympics. It’s not just the sports journalists who want to talk to you and write stories about you, it’s all the different journalists from different fields who may not be that interested in what you do but want to chat about something else - your private life or stuff like that. It’s completely different and it’s a new situation for all of us.”

Ennis recently found herself the subject of headlines after newspapers reported that a senior figure at UK Athletics had described her as ‘fat’. However, the 26-year-old laughed off the jibes and instead added that the thing which would always cause her most stress was her sport.

“How hard you have to train and work - it’s the stress of the competition, too - it’s not just going out and doing one race or two, it’s seven events over two days, it’s such a rollercoaster. It’s such a big year and it’s going to be, no matter what happens, stressful - it’s already been stressful. I want to make the most of this moment”

The Sheffield-born won gold in her final hepthatlon competition before the London Games as she beat reigning world champion, and big Olympic rival, Tatyana Chernova in the Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, Austria last month. She also broke the British points record of 6,831 set by Denise Lewis 2000, as she racked up a total of 6,906.

Chernova suggested after the event that the win would increase the home crowd pressure on her rival but Ennis was quick to dismiss her remarks and instead stated that she still has a lot of hard work to do.

“I feel exactly the same as at the start of the year, I believe I can go there and perform and win but I also know [2008 Olympic champion Nataliya] Dobynrksa and others are very capable of doing it as well - there's no clear favourite. It's great to win in Gotzis but it's not the Olympics, so there’s still lots of work to do.”

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