Road to London begins for Valerie Adams
Welcome to Val's Road to London 2012 - Stuff.co.nz's exclusive video diary with Olympic and world champion Valerie Adams.
Every week in the countdown to the 2012 London Olympic Games, New Zealand's top medal hope takes Stuff.co.nz behind the scenes of her search for successive Olympic shot put crowns.
With exclusive interviews and on-the-road footage shot by Adams herself, for the first time New Zealanders are able to share the most important and punishing leg of the most hallowed journey in world sport, every step - and every heave - of the way.
Showing exactly what it takes to be an Olympic champion, travel with Adams to meet her family and friends, endure gruelling training sessions with coach Jean-Pierre Egger and go inside base camp in the Swiss Alps.
After dominating 2011, Adams admits last season counts for nothing in 2012. In the year which could fire the six-time sportswoman of the year to the status of New Zealand's greatest-ever female Olympian, get to know what makes Adams one of the most unique, and entertaining, personalities outside the stadium as well as what makes her a champion inside.
To begin with we have eight videos from Valerie covering a range of subjects, including her mindset heading into the year. New videos, interviews and articles will be every week in the countdown to London 2012.