An Olympic year, according to popular opinion, is when everything is supposed to go right for an athlete.
So what does Kim Mickle, Australia's leading female javelin exponent, make of a London Olympics lead-up in which she hasn't been able to throw "in anger" for six months because of a broken rib and, just this week, put her back out during a weights session?
"The Europeans who normally dominate the javelin in all world events never throw at this sort of time [of year] anyway," Mickle said.
"So without even meaning too I'm mimicking what they do. I'm fresh and raring to go instead of being exhausted after the domestic season. I think it's almost a blessing in disguise."
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