Today we speak to Margaux Isaksen (USA) who was the highest junior at the 2012 Olympic of any gender finishing 4th:
What would it mean to you to win your first junior title to go with your youth one?
It would be a great honor. This is my last Junior year, and I would love to take home the title.
How do you think competing in London helped you for this event?
London was quite possibly the most mentally challenging day of my life. I feel like competing under such pressure not only prepared me for future competitions, but instilled a sense of bravery in me.
Did you find it hard to regain motivation for the Junior World Championships?
Incredibly difficult. I had a little rest period after the games, and was beginning to unwind. Jumping back into training so quickly was a shock to my body, but I love pentathlon, and I wouldn't have missed my last junior competition for anything.
With you having missed a chunk of the year due to illness, do you think gives you an advantage over your rivals, a you are fresher?
I do feel fresher. Being so sick for so long made me realize what a blessing a healthy body is. I was so eager to come back to training, and to be able to perform. I am so happy to be here, and healthy.
After your devastating performance in London, do you now think you are back at 100% health?
I wouldn't say 100%. I didn't train for the first four months of this year, so to be at 100% would be quite a stretch. I would say that I am at about 85% as strong physically as I would have hoped for coming into an Olympic year. But thats okay. I am mentally ready.
You train a lot in Poland, do you think this will give you an advantage?
Perhaps. I love Drzonkow, and always have enjoyed training here. I think it gives me some peace of mind competing in a familiar place.
Who do you see as your biggest threat for gold in Poland?
Myself. I can be my own worst enemy sometimes ;) As far as other competitors , there are a lot of very strong juniors. I haven't seen the start list, but I think anyone can guess who the top juniors are ;)
What discipline will be key for you to win?
Pentathlon isn't about one discipline. It's about putting 5 pieces of a puzzle together perfectly.
Does competing on the senior circuit help you for these junior events and how?
I think any experience gained is helpful. I don't think about a competitor as a junior or a senior. Age doesn't mean they are necessarily any less likely to hit you if you make a mistake in fencing. A competitor is a competitor, and I respect that.
This will be the first major event competing with your sister Isabella, what does that mean to you?
It is my little sister's first Junior Worlds, and my last. I am so happy that I am here to share in this experience with her. Watch out world, another Isaksen is on the loose ;)