05/08/2012 09:11, Report by Ben Ashby
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Red Olympians: Bleasdale

Inside United recently interviewed Team GB’s rising pole vault star, Lancashire-born Red Holly Bleasdale

What are your Olympic goals?
Because I’m still quite young, I’m happy just to be here, but given my current success [a bronze medal at the recent World Indoor Championships], I’m hoping for the top six and maybe even more. Lots of people have talked to me about winning a medal, but I think being so young and not wanting to put too much pressure on myself, I’m going to aim for top six – and then hopefully I’ll get better than that.

How exciting is it to have a home Olympic Games?
I’ve always really wanted to be in the Olympics. To be able to be at one in my home country… not a lot of people get to do that. The atmosphere is amazing and I’ve been really excited leading up to it. It’s a really great experience.

You were sports-mad as a kid – was football one of your hobbies?
Yeah, when I was in high school I used to play for my local team. I really enjoyed football, but I got injured doing it, so I thought I’d give athletics a try because it’s a non-contact sport. But I used to love playing football. I used to play up front and I got quite a lot of goals.

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Red Olympian factfile

Name: Holly Bleasdale

Age: 20

Sport: Pole vault

Favourite United player:  Ruud van Nistelrooy

Favourite United memory: "They’ve won so many titles – every single one of those has been really memorable."


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