Geikie to bounce back
Georgina Geikie was the first to admit the occasion of her Olympic debut got the better of her at the Royal Artillery Barracks on Sunday – but she insists lightning won’t strike twice at London 2012.
The 27-year-old is Great Britain’s only competitor across all of the pistol events, and while she failed to make an impact in the 10m competition, ending up 47th out of 49 in the qualification round, she will get another bite of the cherry on Wednesday in the 25m event.
And while Geikie, who won bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, believes she wasn’t prepared for such a partisan home crowd in east London, she’s vowed to use it to her advantage when she returns for another taste of the Olympic atmosphere.
"It’s my first Olympic Games so I’m disappointed with the outcome but not the experience,” said Geikie.
“The home support here has been brilliant and it’s a case of me standing there and dealing with myself mentally to be ready for that on Wednesday.
“Everyone was really supportive – I saw the people I know beforehand so I didn’t need to be distracted and out there I was so much in the zone. But then you see the crowd and think, ‘wow, where did all these people come from?’
“I had been imagining it on a scale of one to ten and you can times what I had prepared myself for by 25. There’s no replacement for being here and I’m so privileged to have the experience and the exposure.”
While Geikie never looked like taking her place in the top eight and therefore a place in the final, she makes no bones of the fact that the 25m event is by far her strongest.
But after confessing to being overawed by the spectacle of a home Olympics, she has refused to make any bold predictions ahead of her second outing on Wednesday.
“My main event is on Wednesday so I’ll try to use this as an exercise, to get the vibe of the Olympics and competing here with our crowd,” she added.
“Competing at the Olympic Games has been my dream so I am happy to achieve that and it’s one box ticked on the way to trying to perform at my best next time out.
“I feel much more positive about this one because the training is going really well. I’ll try to control the emotions because home support gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling, not a scary feeling. They want us to do well.”