Two years earlier, burnt out with injury and illness, I had changed my mindset from winning at all costs, to focusing on the opportunity of each day: building an understanding of my teammates and discovering what we could create together.
At half way we were trailing the field and for a moment I thought we had blown our opportunity. But as other teams faded and we held together, we came back through the field to secure our medal, my third Olympic silver. Standing on the Olympic podium with my arms around my teammates I realised that changing my mindset had not only transformed my experience of competing at the highest level, but it had raised our performance beyond what I ever thought possible.
My book Learnings From Five Olympic Games chronicles what lay behind those six minutes. From piecing together the characteristics of the best teams I was in, to cementing my own fundamental belief, and working as a team every day towards our ultimate race… It is the accumulation of my notes and learnings from over my 21 year career, and how I applied them for my one last chance in Rio.