Chris Adcock: Badminton

Badminton left hander Chris Adcock has been representing Great Britain in national and international events since 2007. Having taken up the sport as a kid, Adcock has honed his skills in both mixed doubles and men’s doubles competition. During the 2011 World Championships at London’s Wembley Arena, he and mixed doubles partner Imogen Bankier bested three top-seeded teams only to fall in the final round to earn silver. He won bronze in both mixed doubles and men’s doubles (with Andrew Ellis) at the 2012 European Championships.

Who’s your Olympic idol and why?
Watching [English badminton duo] Simon Archer and Jo Goode at the Sydney Olympics win their bronze medal. Ever since that moment I’ve wanted to get to the Olympics and achieve something.

If you weren’t competing in your sport, which one do you think you’d like to try?
Well I used to play football for Nottinghamshire Forest. I could have played more in senior, but realized I would not be in a position where I would excel at it. In badminton I did excel, so I chose to be the best in my sport rather than average in another sport.

What is your favorite thing about the Games?
Certainly my favorite thing about the London Games is London itself. The fact that we have the opportunity to play at home is a once in a lifetime opportunity, something extremely special and makes the Games even more so.

The whole atmosphere and buzz that’s been around this country over the last year building up to the Games has been fantastic and I can’t wait to put on a Team GB shirt and walk out in front of a home crowd. I’m sure the country will get behind all GB players and really get involved in sport which does help give British players the extra edge.

Of course, the London Games would give me a great confidence boost. The main aim for me is to achieve at the Games and use that success to carry me forward to keep achieving for the rest of my career; I’m still only 22 years old.

What do you love the most about your sport?
Badminton is a constant challenge. It’s really fun as well and there are so many variables in the sport that keep you wanting to improve all the time.

What do you hope people take away from seeing the Games hosted in your home country?
Well, I hope people will be inspired and encouraged to take up more sport. We all lead busy lives and sport is a great opportunity to get the exercise our bodies need to stay healthy. It’s so important and badminton is a great sport to play especially in England when it’s raining as it’s an indoor sport.

Outside of competition, what are you looking to do in London during the Games?
I believe that if I perform to the best of my ability with the home crowd behind me that I can get a medal of any color. I showed this during the 2011 World Championships at Wembley.

China are the leading nation in every event of world badminton, and at the moment, they are the medal favorites at the London Games. However, even though they’re the favorites, they are all beatable and we [with Imogen Bankier] have shown this over the last 12 months. It’s all about your own performance!

Aside from your sport, what else do you love to do?
Spend time with my family. I am engaged to fellow GB badminton athlete Gabby White, so spending time with her and our dog, Bowser, is important. I also enjoy cooking and it’s good to spend time doing something completely different than badminton to make sure you are fresh when you get back on the court.

Favorite British TV show?
I like watching “The Apprentice.” It’s really interesting watching how they deal with the tasks they are given.

Chris Adcock: Badminton