With just days to go until the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, Danka Bartekova, Young Ambassador from Slovakia, is already having a great week! The 25 year-old world record holder in the women’s skeet shooting event managed to claim a bronze medal whilst securing her place for London 2012 at the International Sport Shooting Federation’s World Championships in Munich. We caught up with her just before she jetted off for the start of Singapore 2010…
How are you feeling at this moment about your bronze medal win?
I am very happy and excited about this result. It was my goal to shoot as well as possible and reach the quota place for the Summer Olympic Games in London. Having won the bronze medal in individual as well as in the team competition, I finished a very successful shooting season so I can now fully enjoy my role as a Young Ambassador at the Youth Olympic Games.
What are you looking forward to most at the Youth Olympic Games?
It will be a very new experience for me to participate in the Games in the role of the Young Ambassador. I´m looking forward to making the Youth Olympic Games an unforgettable event for our young athletes. I will do my best to engage them in the Culture and Education Programme and help them enjoy Singapore as much as possible. And I know it´s going to be a great fun, because we all have YOG DNA!
What do you want to achieve next and what is your focus?
A few weeks after Singapore, I´m going to participate in the World Cup Final in Istanbul, Turkey. Then my shooting season will be over and I will be able to relax a little bit. But my focus turns to the London 2012 Games, because I have already qualified for the Games by winning the bronze medal in Munich. It´s always been my dream to get the Olympic medal and I will do my best to use my second chance to get it (I participated in Beijing 2008 Games and finished eighth).
What inspires you?
In all the activities I do, including my sport and studies, I always want to put in the best of me. It´s important for me to know that I´m always working hard to achieve my goals and do my best. That´s what pushes me forward.
How is your sport experience helping you in your role as a Young Ambassador?
I´m very happy I have achieved such a good result so soon before the Youth Olympic Games. I am full of the Olympic spirit and lots of enthusiasm now and I am going to spread it around. I hope I can share my excitement with the young athletes and infect them with the Olympic mood and values.
Danka will join her fellow Young Ambassadors this week in Singapore in her role to mentor and encourage the young athletes not only in competition, but also in the Culture and Education Programme for the Youth Olympic Games. The Games take place between 14 and 26 August and live coverage is available on www.youtholympicgames.org.