In a way I crave those moments now,” Katarina Johnson-Thompson says of the quiet and the solitude that helped her become the heptathlon world champion this year after she had suffered so much doubt and disappointment in past major events. “If I don’t get enough quiet time now, I go a bit mad. I like that quiet time, especially between training sessions.”
Johnson-Thompson flies back from her warm weather training camp in Martinique on Saturday and she will join five other athletes on the shortlist for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year on a cold Sunday evening in Aberdeen. It is another sign of the progress she has made in 2019 that Johnson-Thompson has been selected alongside Ben Stokes, Dina Asher-Smith, Raheem Sterling, Lewis Hamilton and Alun Wyn Jones in the annual BBC vote.
Yet it is more interesting to consider how Johnson-Thompson overcame her old demons to win the world championship in Doha in October and put herself in a position to challenge for the gold medal at next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo....
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