Eye-gymnast Louis Smith is out to deliver Olympic gold for his city and his country at London 2012.
Peterborough’s biggest sports star is relishing his quest for glory in London.
The 23 year-old will attempt to deliver a spell-bindingly tough routine on the pommel horse in a bid to wow the judges and better the bronze medal he won in Beijing four years ago.
This time his sights are very much set on the top step of the podium.
Smith said: “I feel I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in physically and mentally, and I have confidence in my ability to produce the best performance I possibly can.
“If I manage to pull it off cleanly then I know the result will take care of itself.
“My routine is so challenging that I can’t afford to focus on anything other than my own performance.
“I will not worry about what my rivals are doing.
“I feel great pride in representing my country and I’m so grateful to everyone who has shown me so much support, especially those from the local area.
“That’s why I work so hard every day in the gym - to repay that support and do proud all of those people.”
Gold run starts on Saturday
Louis Smith launches his Olympic challenge on Saturday (28 July) - and it certainly looks set to be a busy day for the local lad.
Smith competes in the men’s team and individual qualification rounds at the North Greenwich Arena.
The Great Britain men’s team, captained by Smith, lines up in Sub-Division One of the qualification competition.
If successful they will progress to the final on Monday.
Smith will be back in action later on Saturday when he should breeze into the final of his specialist piece of apparatus, the pommel horse.
Providing everything goes to plan, he is likely to start as one of the favourites for gold in the final on Sunday, August 5.
The area’s other Olympian, Louise Hazel, competes in the heptathlon on August 3 and 4.