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Crisp hungry for windsurfing glory
Miles Godfrey
05:56 AEST Tue Jul 31 2012

Ever wondered what a day in the life of an Olympic windsurfer is like?

Let Australia's Jessica Crisp fill you in.

"So I wake up in the morning, eat breakfast, go to the gym, eat some more, then go on the bike and ride for an hour, then eat some more, then go sailing, then eat some more."

If that seems like a lot of eating, that's because Crisp is hungry for a medal at the London Olympics.

But the 42-year-old RS:X class windsurfer, who is appearing at her fourth Games, is realistic about her chances.

She favours the light winds and says if strong breezes prevail her competitors will blow her away.

"Some people are really good when it's windy," she told AAP.

"They're just bigger and stronger and there's nothing you can do.

"I have a chance - we'll know soon how much of a chance that is."

Crisp competes on the Olympic course at Weymouth, southwest England, on Wednesday and is praying for a string of decent results.

But as you'd expect of such a veteran, she's taking the whole London Games experience completely in her stride.

"This time I'm embracing the whole thing," she added.

"The first one (Olympics) I did I blocked everything off, but this time I'm enjoying every minute of it."

Crisp first represented Australia aged 14 at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

She demonstrated windsurfing there as a new sport and says she never dreamt she would still be racing almost 30 years later.

"When I was younger all the old ladies were around and I was like `I'll never be competing at that age'.

"And here am, I'm older than them."

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