Jessica Ennis Voted Sportswoman of the Year at Laureus Awards
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Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis won the sportswoman of the year prize at the Laureus world sports awards in Brazil on Monday (March 11). Ennis dominated the hepathlon at the 2012 London Olympic Games, scoring 6,995 points - over 300 ahead of her nearest rival. The Briton, who featured on many of the posters advertising the 2012 games, told the audience of the pressure to win in front of home spectators.

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Ennis speaks of pressure to win gold medal at London Games. SHOWS: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (MARCH 11, 2013) (MALLARD PRODUCTIONS ON BEHALF OF THE LAUREUS WORLD SPORTS AWARDS 2013 - ACCESS ALL) 1. JESSICA ENNIS WALKING ON STAGE TO RECEIVE SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD 2. ACADEMY MEMBER NADIA COMANECI PRESENTING AWARD TO ENNIS 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JESSICA ENNIS, HOLDING AWARD, SAYING: "It's so surreal to stand here, firstly in front of all of you amazing sportsmen and women and be in this position where as a 10-year-old I came into sport and dreamt of being an Olympian, an Olympic champion. I have finally done it. It's an incredible feeling and the pressure was a lot. It was a lot of pressure. I look back to Cathy Freeman in Sydney and what she achieved, and I really wanted to emulate that. I had the great support of my friends and family and an amazing team around me who encouraged me, believed in me, and thankfully I was able to do it." STORY: Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis won the sportswoman of the year prize at the Laureus world sports awards in Brazil on Monday (March 11). Ennis dominated the hepathlon at the 2012 London Olympic Games, scoring 6,995 points - over 300 ahead of her nearest rival. The Briton, who featured on many of the posters advertising the 2012 games, told the audience of the pressure to win in front of home spectators. "It's so surreal to stand here, firstly in front of all of you amazing sportsmen and women and be in this position where as a 10-year-old I came into sport and dreamt of being an Olympian, an Olympic champion. I have finally done it. It's an incredible feeling and the pressure was a lot. It was a lot of pressure. I look back to Cathy Freeman in Sydney and what she achieved, and I really wanted to emulate that," she said.