• London Olympics 2012

Olympics not just about me - Ennis

ESPN staff
March 23, 2011
The signt of Jessica Ennis on a victory lap has become a common one © Getty Images

Jessica Ennis admits the pressure of being the poster girl of London 2012 is starting to have an effect.

The world heptathlon champion missed out on the Beijing Olympics three years ago after picking up an injury, and missed the European Indoor Championships in Paris a fortnight ago with an ankle problem.

Ennis remains confident of being fit to defend her world title in South Korea this summer, but admits it is impossible not to have one eye on next summer's Olympic Games.

"It's exciting times but it's nerve-wracking as well because the Games are right around the corner," Ennis told the Metro.

"Everyone's looking forward to the Olympics and thinking this time next year we will be within touching distance of such an historic event."

Ennis is the golden girl of British athletics and is expected to lead the medal haul next year, and she says the huge public interest in the event gives the athletes an added incentive.

"It's a real honour to be chosen to be the face of the Olympics," she said. "To be such a big part of it is amazing but there are so many great athletes taking part - it's not just about me.

"My family find it really surreal to see my face on posters all over the place. From my point of view, it's a great time to be a British athlete and to be involved in such a way is a real boost."

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