Lisa Carrington - 'I'm still in a bit of disbelief about what I achieved'

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Mon, 16 Aug 2021, 8:21AM
Lisa Carrington holds up her gold medal after winning the women's kayak single 500m final at the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo / AP)
Lisa Carrington holds up her gold medal after winning the women's kayak single 500m final at the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo / AP)

Lisa Carrington - 'I'm still in a bit of disbelief about what I achieved'

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 16 Aug 2021, 8:21AM

Lisa Carrington won, and won and won again at the Olympics. In fact, she probably needs another house to keep them all in.

Carrington, who joined Te Ao Toa live from MIQ in Ōtautahi, Christchurch on Sunday, said her quarantine was "going alright".

"I think I'm getting a bit of cabin fever but I think it's kind of normal when you're used to being outside doing what you enjoy."

The triple gold medalist said she is still in "a bit of disbelief" about what she has achieved.

"When the goal's so big I never really looked at what I was doing... I never really looked at them as one package of one, just individual events. So what really shocked me was when we finished. I was like 'wow, I just won three gold medals'. It kind of shocked me even though it's obvious that's what I was going to do."

Lisa Carrington won three gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo / AP

"Still now it's just crazy to think what I've been able to achieve, but I totally couldn't have done it without my team, my coach, all these people that supported me."

Of the three events she won gold medals for, Carrington said the K1 500 was her toughest challenge.

"It's a real test for me. It's everything, it's fitness, strength and it requires so much courage because it hurts so much. It's a tough, tough race."

Carrington said she is grateful for the support from home that has helped her on her journey.

"I guess at times it's quite overwhelming when you've got so much support from whānau and friends. but it's awesome having it there all the time, not just in the moments where we're at the Olympics, it's on TV, high pressure. It's kind of having a constant reminder and grounding of identity and where I'm from because the battles are often during the journey, turning up every day for training."