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Jasmine Joyce: Third Olympics no much less particular for GB sevens star


Jasmine Joyce at the Tokyo Olympics
Jasmine Joyce rejoined the sevens circuit after representing Wales on the Rugby World Cup final autumn

Jasmine Joyce says the Olympic expertise is not going to be “any much less particular” subsequent yr having already represented Workforce GB in Rio and Toyko.

The St Davids speedster certified for subsequent summer time’s Paris Video games with Nice Britain ladies’s sevens facet.

They received gold on the European Video games, beating hosts Poland within the remaining.

“I’ve by no means been a part of this [qualification] course of earlier than, so it was a cool expertise to be with the women,” Joyce instructed BBC Sport Wales.

Joyce first realised her Olympic dream when chosen for the Rio 2016 Olympics, however that resulted in tears when GB have been pipped by Canada within the bronze medal match.

The script repeated itself in Tokyo 5 years later with Fiji inflicting heartbreak that point round.

“It was clearly actually powerful in Rio and Tokyo having fourth place, it is most likely the worst place to complete,” stated Joyce.

“It does nonetheless harm, however we’re very a lot having fun with the second, having fun with being current and no matter the place you come, it is fairly particular to go to not one or two, however three Olympics.”

Joyce is assured having extra time to arrange will put the group in good stead subsequent summer time.

“We will have the luxurious of being collectively for 2 years fairly than come collectively six months previous to an Olympic video games,” she stated.

“It is tremendous particular for the nations to return collectively to compete as one, I am loving being a part of it.”

Great Britain's women's rugby sevens team celebrate qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Nice Britain’s ladies’s rugby sevens group rejoice qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympics

Joyce left Wales’ 15-a-side skilled programme at first of the yr to rejoin the sevens circuit, a choice she has “no regrets” about.

“Clearly I am actually comfortable for the women who had an incredible Six Nations marketing campaign after which WXV might be a superb expertise as properly, hopefully I can return and do some stuff with them this yr.”

However for now, Joyce will take pleasure in six weeks off, with a household journey to the USA among the many highlights.

She additionally appears ahead to welcoming family and friends to Paris subsequent yr, with it being a a lot shorter journey than Brazil and Japan.

“I am tremendous excited, I think about it will be a overrated Olympics… we get to play on the world stage in opposition to world class groups which is fairly cool,” she added.

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