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OLYMPIC REVIEW63OLYMPIC SOLIDARITYHow are your preparations progressing as you lookto qualify for the London Games?I'm training very hard in Esmeraldas, my home city,where the government has given me the facilities I need to step up my preparation. I'm in good shapeand I'm ready for all the upcoming competitions. I'm looking forward to them and can't wait for themoment when I can get out there and compete.What competitions are you due to take part in prior to London?The most important events are the Pan AmericanGames in Mexico and the World Championships, bothof which are qualifiers for the Olympic Games, so I have to work hard to try to improve and ensure I perform to the best of my abilities at these events.How does your Olympic Solidarity scholarship help you?It's a great help. The scholarship enables me to trainwithout having to worry, and allows me to buy what I need for each competition. Thanks to OlympicSolidarity, I'm able to train in my home city so I'mclose to my daughter and my husband, which givesme peace of mind and enables me to train in the bestpossible way. This allows me to devote all my energy to my sport and my attempts to qualify for the Gamesin London next year. Do you have any Olympic heroes?Halil Mutlu, the Turkish weightlifter who won threeconsecutive Olympic gold medals, would be myOlympic hero. I've always admired him - he was myinspiration. He's so small but he has a big heart andso much courage and strength. Do you know London?I have not been to London but I will get to know it. Thatis another incentive for me to qualify for the Gamesand I'm sure London is expecting me!How did you become a weightlifter?It was my sister who first got me into weightlifting; she competed for a local sports club and I instantly fell in love with the sport. What is your goal at the Games in London?What I really want is to step up onto the podium andhear my country's national anthem. I've won medalsat all the other major competitions - the SouthAmerican, Bolivian and Pan American Games, and theWorld Championships. The only thing I don't have isthe Olympic medal, which is why I'm going to give it everything I have to win one in London.