When I designed our Olympian Goddess collection over a year ago, little did I expect to be so moved and inspired by the women (in particular) that I would read about over the coming months. I am going to feature some of them in my blog this week - and follow their progress through the games. What unites them all is their fascinating, inspiring, and very individual journeys to the games.
I'm starting today with our triple jump hope - Yamile Aldama. She particurlarly struck a chord with me as she is 39, has two sons, and has, for the first time in her long athletics career, finally won gold (at the indoor world championship) this year. She's at the top of her game at 39! Added to this, her life story is extraordinary, and I urge you to read this excellent article from the guardian, which includes a taped interview with Yamile (and an awesome shot of her jumping). Born in Cuba, she has lived in the UK for 11 years, is married to a British man, and has two British sons. She appears understated, committed, and her sport has obviously given her the strength and will to carry on through unbelievably turbulent and gruelling times.
She was asked at the end of the article:' Will everything come together with a long-awaited medal in the Olympic Stadium this summer? Aldama inhales deeply and bangs her fist against her heart. "Yeah. Why not? Come on. Why not?" she says. "Why not! It has to, it has to come together. I cannot see a different ending. It just comes together. After everything. But you never know. I'm not going to lie to you – if things don't go the way I expect, it's going to hurt. But I'm ready for it. I'm giving my all, absolutely 100%. The rest," Aldama looks upwards expectantly, "it's up to Him."'