Let's take Rio, but no pressure, says Adams
Valerie Adams didn't shy away yesterday from the fact New Zealand has a realistic shot at shot put domination at the 2016 Olympics but warned of people building up too many expectations this far out.
Adams won gold at the London Olympics in August after Belarus thrower Nadzeya Ostapchuk was chucked out following a positive drug test.
She now has one eye pointing towards Rio de Janeiro in 2016 as she looks to go back-to-back in the women's shot put.
The mouthwatering prospect is while Adams searches for gold again New Zealand could also be in a position of lining up gold in the men's shot put as well.
Seventeen-year-old Jacko Gill is regarded as a shot put sensation, winning three junior world titles and holding junior world record.
At 17 Gill was a chance at heading to this year's Olympics but opted out.
Come 2016 he is likely to be in a good position to push for Olympic glory.
Adams admits she has had little to do with Gill, but is aware of his talents and agreed they could form a good New Zealand shot put duo in 2016.
"Absolutely, I don't see why not," Adams said when asked whether she and Gill could both be standing on the dais with a medal draped around their necks in four years.
"Four years is a long time to work on what he needs to do to get into form to compete in Rio. But yeah, definitely he looks pretty good and the future ahead of him looks pretty bright, as long as he's having fun and working hard, which I know very well that he's doing," she said of Gill.
Adams, however, was hoping the New Zealand public wasn't starting to get too excited by the prospect just yet.
"No pressure eh," she joked.
The 28-year-old is currently on a break from competing and is at home in New Zealand relaxing with family while also promoting her new book.
Adams said the process of putting a book together had been an enjoyable one.
"It was like a healing process really. Phil Gifford does an amazing job. I told him my story and together we were able to come up with the book, which is quite an easy read. It's something I wanted to do. It actually sounds like me, which is exactly how we wanted it, so it's perfect."
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