| Kolkata: All of 18, she is world number one and India`s biggest hope for an Olympic medal but Deepika Kumari is far from intimidated by the burden of expectations as she feels the London Games are not some kind of a "ghost" to be scared of.
Besides the skills, much of Deepika`s success at this young age is attributed to her cool demeanour, similar to India cricket captain and her state-mate Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
In fact, Deepika met Dhoni in Ranchi this year and the archer spoke highly of the World Cup winning skipper.
"He is a great personality and his achievements speak for themselves. It feels great that we belong to the same place. It was a simple exchange of pleasantries. But it was a memorable experience."
"Hope I can also achieve the ultimate goal in a sportsperson`s life, winning an Olympic medal," the media-shy Deepika said in an interview at the SAI training ground, before leaving for London.
Asked the secret of staying cool under pressure, Deepika was quick to reply: "Olympic is not a ghost, so there is nothing to be scared about. I have the self belief and confidence... That`s how, I am here," the Commonwealth Games double gold medallist added.
She rejected comparisons with Dhoni.
"Cricket and archery are two very different sports. But yes, like winning the World Cup is the ultimate dream of a cricketer, for us it`s getting an Olympic medal. With the Lord`s being the venue it would be a special moment."
The Ranchi girl felt wind will play a big role in the event.
"We have heard that London will be very windy this time of the year. It will be a real challenge to get used to that quickly. Hopefully, we will get adequate time to adjust to the conditions there."
First Published: Monday, July 16, 2012, 10:26