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Hi, I’m Tim Hornsby, 2012 Olympic kayaker. I will be racing in the 200m flatwater sprint race at Eton Dorney starting on August 10th. Just a few months ago, I was an Olympic hopeful. 

In some ways, everything is different. There are so many people offering support and helping me out. But in other ways, I’m training hard like I was before. I’m the same person with the same work ethic and the same determination that’s always been there. I guess people treat me a little differently now that I’m an Olympian. There are a lot more people interested in what I’m doing. It’s pretty amazing.

It’s great to finally achieve one of the major goals that I’ve been working towards for a long time. It hits me at all different times. I’ll be sitting around thinking, “Oh my gosh, I’ve done what I’ve wanted to do. I’m going to the Olympics.” It happens at weird times where it all sinks in and I get really excited. It’s something I’ve dreamed about for so long. I don’t want it to end in a few more weeks. I want it to continue.

I’m excited to be able to share this experience with my girlfriend, Becky Holliday. She qualified for her first Olympics in the pole vault. We’ve both been working really hard for this moment, so that’s special. For sure, I want to race well and I want to have an opportunity to medal. But even more than that, I want to have the best possible race that I can, to just execute what I’ve been working so hard for. It’s exciting to have that opportunity after trying for so long.

It hasn’t been easy. I’ve been super low on funds this whole year. I have a lot of bills and expenses. In an Olympic year, you basically do whatever you need to do. You can’t worry about money. You do whatever it takes financially and that’s what I’ve done. This generous sponsorship couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m so thankful.

There’s been a lot of great support from Georgia. My club, Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club has given me support. They wanted to host some events for me last time I was home, but unfortunately, I was only home for 12 hours. I haven’t really had the chance to go home. It’s a bummer that I’m not there to be able to show how appreciate I am to everyone that’s been there for me. But I’m going home for six weeks after the Games. I’ll be able to see my family and friends and everyone that has been there through the whole process.

I’m the first Olympian to come out of the club, which is an amazing feeling for me. I’ve been with Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club since 1997, two years after it started. I started started when I was 11 with the first professional coach they had there. I’m a direct result from that program. That’s the club that I’ve competed and raced with my entire career. The club has produced many amazing athletes and I think it’s an important thing for Gainesville to receive that recognition for doing such a good job. I think it’s a really good way to show how amazing the community is and the coaching that they are able to produce an Olympian. So it’s almost like I’m thanking them for everything they’ve done for me because I would have never been a kayaker without them. I would have never known what kayaking was.

 

 

 

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