Samantha steps up her Rio training

Great Britain's (left-right) Performance Director Jan Bartu, Chef de Mission Mark England, Samantha Murray, James Cooke, Joe Choong, Kate French and Modern Pentathlon Team Leader Dominic Mahony pose for photos after the Rio 2016 Modern Pentathlon Team Announcement at Hyde Park Barracks, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 8, 2016. See PA story OLYMPICS Modern Pentathlon Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.
Great Britain's (left-right) Performance Director Jan Bartu, Chef de Mission Mark England, Samantha Murray, James Cooke, Joe Choong, Kate French and Modern Pentathlon Team Leader Dominic Mahony pose for photos after the Rio 2016 Modern Pentathlon Team Announcement at Hyde Park Barracks, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 8, 2016. See PA story OLYMPICS Modern Pentathlon Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

Samantha Murray is stepping up her preparations for the Rio Olympics.

The London 2012 Modern Pentathlon silver medalist is currently in Font Romeu in altitude training ahead of the games.

And in her latest blog post, she said: “As I approach the final few weeks of training for the Olympic Games in Rio, it is comforting to be back at the training camp in Font Romeu, high in the mountains of the Catalan Pyrenees.

“Training at altitude helps to increase strength because your body has to work harder. In an endurance multidisciplinary sport like modern pentathlon, strength is essential.

“We come to this training base frequently and it is rather like a second home.

“I love the peaceful atmosphere which provides an excellent opportunity to prepare mentally for the big competition ahead.

“The food, as is the case everywhere in France, is excellent and I love the French language which I read as my major degree subject at University of Bath.

“It was with great sadness that I heard the news about the atrocity in Nice. At troubled times like this, I often think how sport can be a unifying force.

“As an elite athlete, I compete internationally and have extended the hand of friendship to athletes from all over the world.

“There are many cultural differences, but the one thing we have in common is the love of participating together in our sport.

“Participation is the spirit of the games.

“We love the competition, the chance to test our skill, strength and focus.

“The willingness to participate allows spectators from all over the world to cheer for their own teams but applauded the winner regardless of who that might be or their provenance.

“It is a joy and a privilege to be part of the Olympic movement for the second time.”

l Aldi are proud supporters of Team GB, read more from Samantha Murray at www.teamgb.com/homegrownheroes