The 5-Minute Interview: Gail Emms, Olympic athlete
'I turn everything into a catastrophe'
Tuesday 30 January 2007
Ranked as World No 1 with Nathan Robertson in mixed doubles badminton, Gail Emms, 29, will compete in the English National Badminton Championships in Manchester on 2 February.
If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be ...
Training. I train twice a day five days a week and once on Saturday or Sunday. I feel confident about the championships. I haven't lost for five years. I feel like it's my title and I don't want anyone to take it away from me.
A phrase I use far too often is ...
"Oh my God". I can be a bit of a drama queen. I turn everything into a catastrophe. I should be in Hollywood. I'm wasted here in Milton Keynes.
I wish people would take more notice of ...
Minority sports. We [England sports teams and athletes] have so much success in non-mainstream sports. People say we are so rubbish at cricket, rugby and football but if you look at rowing, sailing, cycling, gymnastics and badminton we've got world champions.
A common misperception of me is ...
That I'm a blonde little girl and people think I am going to be all bubbly and fluffy. I can beat most of the guys at sprinting and squat thrusts and lots of physical tests. I am actually quite feisty.
I am not a politician but ...
I can't wait for the smoking ban to come in. I am so excited. I cannot see how they haven't done it already. I hate that feeling when you come home and you can smell it on you.
I'm good at...
Hosting parties. I like being "the hostess with the most-ess". I feel like queen bee..
I'm very bad at ...
Accounts and tax and all that. I give it to my mum.
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