Venus Williams

Bringing home gold

 It’s taken a few days of celebration and craziness for reality to settle back in after Serena and I won doubles gold. It was such a good feeling. I had been so determined to get back to the Olympics this year. It was actually hard to explain why, but I knew I had to do it. It was a tough road too. Fighting my way back up the rankings to qualify for the Olympics was one of the most difficult things I have ever done in my career. But now I know why I did it. There is no other feeling on this Earth like winning an Olympic gold medal. And winning one with your sister is even better.

Serena like to say she is always copying me, and now she has won two gold medals in one Olympics, just like I did in 2000. We are tied with three gold medals each (two in doubles and one singles.) To bring those medals back home, to be a part of our country’s athletic achievements makes me feel so proud. It is an unbelievable feeling. Serena and I contributed three medals to the USA. And Just a day or two after we won, USA took the overall lead in the medal count. We both agree: That is why we are here.

And winning is just really fun, too. To watch Serena break out in her little dance on the court after winning her singles gold, or do the “medal bite” pose that all the winners are doing this year, and to hear the crowds chant “U-S-A! U-S-A!” — these are awesome memories that we will have forever.

I am really proud of what we did here in London. Now, I just need to make sure to stay in shape so we can get another medal at the Olympics in Rio in 2016!