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Athletes admit superstitions

2012-08-07 23:03
Olympic Stadium (Gallo)
London - Many athletes admit they have a superstitious routine before they go out and perform. And the British are no exceptions. Here's what's going on inside their minds:

- Gold-winning heptathlete Jessica Ennis has a lucky tape measure that she uses to place her starting blocks precisely.
- Freestyle swimmer Rebecca Adlington, who won two bronzes for the UK, wears new goggles for every race and must crack her toes.

- Sprint cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who won a gold, wears a silver pixie charm given to her by a fan that she's worn both in Beijing and London.

- Beth Tweddle, Britain's most successful gymnast, always has her parents in the stands. And since 2003 they've always brought the same Union Jack flag to wave.

- Field hockey player Laura Unsworth says she must go to the loo at least three times before a match, and has banned her curly locked teammate Ashleigh Ball from using hair straighteners; teammate Alex Danson says she spins her stick 15 times in the huddle before a game and ties her left shoelace last.

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