'Have fun,' Frater advises athletes
BIRMINGHAM, England — "Have fun and stop worrying too much," is the advice veteran sprinter Michael Frater has for athletes taking part in the Olympic Games.
The 30-year-old Frater, now taking part in his third straight Olympics, as well as in four IAAF World Championships at the senior level, told a press conference at the Munrow Sports Complex on Tuesday that any one needing to be motivated by others at the Olympics need to evaluate themselves.
"We are at the Olympics and this is the highest level that we can achieve... if anyone needs motivation then they have a serious problem," said Frater, who was part of two World Record setting relay teams, at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, and last year at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
"Most of us have been here and done that; we have been to the Olympics before and we know what it takes to go out there and win gold medals," he said. "We just have to go out and have fun with it; once you are (too) serious and put a lot of pressure on yourself, more than likely you are not going to achieve what you set out to do."
Frater said the best thing to do was "just be relaxed, go out and have fun; we have put the work in, we have trained many hours on the track, so go out there execute and have fun".
Female team captain Novlene Williams-Mills says her team is already well motivated and her job is made easier.
"They know what they came here to do and each of them has their own means of motivation from the inside, so if I have to say something it won't be a speech, they don't need that at this point, (anything I have to say would be) let's go out and work and bring home the medals."