Tokyo Olympics: Canoe superstar Lisa Carrington eyes toughest opposition for Games gold - herself

Kiwi canoe star Lisa Carrington knows the only thing stopping her from winning Olympic gold next week will be herself.

The 32-year-old believes achieving victory in her third Games will be determined by her mental edge.

Carrington has been here before in the heat of Olympic battle and has always stood up, winning  two Olympic golds and a casual five world championships

She knows exactly what's required to do it again.

"When you want to go out there and perform your best, it can be a bit scary, to trust yourself that you'll be able to do it," Carrington tells Newshub.

"But ultimately, it's about getting over that hurdle and going, ‘you know what, I'm just going to do my best today and see what I can do’.

"The more I have learnt about how I can perform, how I go under pressure, the more I learn about myself., 

"It's just kind of deepening how well I can turn up."

But turning up this time will be different - she's asking more from herself.

She'll feature in four events and should it all go to plan, the Kiwi could contest two gold medal races in an hour.

"I'll be able to get from point A to point B, out of the water warmed down, getting the ice-vest on, that type of thing... minute by minute has been planned out."

Carrington's a mentor to the next class of canoe sprinters.

They've just spent the last two weeks in camp with her and they've watched closely.

"I think the main thing Lisa brings is happiness to the squad," says teammate Max Brown. "It’s just really cool to see that you can be that good, but still be a great person."

And Carrington is primed to prove just how good she is in the coming days. 

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