26 year old Crista Cullen was born in Boston, but first started playing Hockey aged 9 in Kenya, where she lived with her family for 12 years.
With over 150 Great Britain and England combined caps, Commonwealth, World Cup and European Cup Bronze Medals, and a wealth of other accolades, this will be Crista’s first Olympic Games.
When will Crista compete?
Sunday 29th July
GB v. Japan
Tuesday 31st July
GB v. South Korea
Thursday 1st August
GB v. Belgium
Saturday 4th August
GB v. China
Monday 6th August
GB v. Netherlands
Wednesday 8th August
Friday 10th August
Crista Cullen Interview
13 year old Boston tennis player Henry Beesley spoke to Crista about her aspirations for the London 2012 Games.
Q. How did you feel when you were selected to be part of Team GB for the London 2012 Olympics?
A. It is a huge honour to be picked for any Olympic team but to be picked for a home Olympics is just incredible. It is hard when so 28 athletes train full time and only 16 get picked, so I hope we are able to do those who missed out proud.
Q. What are you most looking forward to at the London 2012 Olympics?
A. I am most looking forward to the experience as a whole. Having worked so hard for this over 4 years, I feel like we are ready and what better opportunity to put Hockey back on the map.
Q. What is your training regime like?
A. Training has been since 2009 for the Olympics, thanks to National Lottery funding we have been able to have a full time centralised programme. We train everyday as a Great Britain squad; two pitch sessions a day on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays. Gym/running sessions/psychology/nutrition/video analysis, all play their part in making our weeks very busy!
Q. When did you first get started in your sport?
A. I started playing hockey aged 9 in Kenya at my prep school – Banda School, where I moved just after I was born at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincs.
Q. Do you think you will get a medal at the Games?
A. We have trained with a gold medal winning mentality throughout our preparations, so we are very much in the hunt for medals especially the gold. We are ranked 4th in the world and have risen from 8th consistently being in the medals for the last 3 years so things are looking positive, we just need to make sure we perform consistently throughout.
Q. What advice would you give to athletes like me who are trying to compete at an elite level?
A. I would say that none of the athletes competing at the games haven’t had some ups and downs in their careers. It is how you pick yourself up and react to a disappointment that is what is important. You have to believe in yourself and work hard to achieve your dream.