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Tick Tock to Ratingen

It’s seven in the morning. Toni is driving to Jess to get a lift to the airport. They are about to compete at Ratingen, Germany in only Jess’ third full Heptathlon since her son was born. The countdown to Rio may have started some time ago but the clock is definitely starting to tick much [...]

Thursday 23 June 2016 17:45 BST|

The Ratingen Rehearsal

As the competition season ramps up so training sessions get shorter and shorter. Shorter training sessions leave more room for banter, the perfect antidote for the tangible increase in external scrutiny and expectation that can lead to anxiety. But not when you’re playing ‘guess Toni’s weight’. Jess’s attempts cause consternation for one of the team [...]

Tuesday 21 June 2016 16:35 BST|

Question Time with Toni

As anyone who has signed up to support the team knows (if you haven’t done so, try it out – we won’t swamp you, just write every now and then), I’ve been trying to pin Toni down to answer some of your questions. This week Mark and I managed to do just that. It’s the [...]

Friday 17 June 2016 19:30 BST|

Stop Talking, Start Sorting

Performance Enhancing Drugs. They're in the news again. Toni is on one again (a rant not a PED). Why wouldn’t he be? Wouldn’t you if you were trying to compete in a world where the system seems stacked against you trying to win clean? We’re talking on the phone that today means I listen and [...]

Friday 17 June 2016 16:05 BST|

Discus, Drizzle and Dented Hopes

First a recap. Toni, for all his abilities, has still only figured out how to be in one place at a time. Yesterday and today that place is with John Lane, in the Czech Republic, striving to get European or even Olympic qualification in the Decathlon. This means our updates are restricted to phone-calls in [...]

Saturday 11 June 2016 18:18 BST|

Block Party

Toni is driving. Again. He left Sheffield at lunchtime following a training session with Jess that has left him feeling upbeat. At least it would have done had the session not run over and he took a wrong turn on his way to meet the team at England Squash (more on that another time). I’m [...]

Wednesday 08 June 2016 21:00 BST|

Drugs? No.

The run into the Rio Olympics is being overshadowed by two disturbing stories. The first, currently attributed to mosquitos, relates to Zika, which Toni and I will no doubt discuss several times over the next ten weeks. The second, entirely of human making, relates to the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) by athletes. In [...]

Wednesday 08 June 2016 17:53 BST|

John Lane. Housewives Choice. Give Him Your Support in Gotzis

You’re starting to get to know Toni Minichiello quite well. And I suppose, by default, me. Probably better than either of us would care to admit. I did promise warts and all. Toni feels it’s time to begin to redress the balance and give you an insight into the athletes and support team. It’s the [...]

Saturday 28 May 2016 09:05 BST|

The Charm Before the Form

It’s the day before the big competition. Given last night's travelling dramas, including the loss of John’s pole vault poles I ask the obvious question. The response is terse, “Not sure. Not heard yet”. The missing poles make me feel tense, let alone Toni, so I change the subject and quickly. “Sleep well?” “Not bad. [...]

Friday 27 May 2016 17:17 BST|
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