Newly-crowned Australian Olympic champion Jess Fox says she threw up owed to nerves anterior to her gold-medal winning tally successful the C1 slalom last successful Tokyo.
After years of heartbreak astatine the Olympics, Fox yet nabbed her archetypal golden medal astatine the Games, an accomplishment which eluded some her Olympic canoeist parents, Richard and Myriam, successful their respective careers.
Despite putting successful a flawless show successful the final, Fox wasn't arsenic ice-cool successful the lead-up arsenic she shared a pre-race speech with her mother.
"Twenty minutes earlier the last I went successful and I said, 'I consciousness good, but I conscionable went and threw up' and that's ne'er happened to maine before," she said.
"I've ne'er felt that sick and that tense truthful [her mother] had immoderate bully words for maine aft that and it was conscionable about, 'Do what you cognize however to do, beryllium you', and I deliberation we marque a large squad truthful I'm ace arrogant to stock it with her and she is my biggest inspiration.
"To person some [her parent and sister] present and dada astatine home, I can't hold to amusement him this medal.
"It's ever been a large portion of my beingness astatine slightest since I tin remember, truthful I conscionable cannot judge we did it today."
"I don't deliberation I watched similar a coach," Fox's parent Myriam added.
"I was afloat of emotion arsenic soon arsenic she passed the tricky gate, I'm not similar that usually, but contiguous I deliberation it was truly special.
"It's  years agone I was hoping to person the golden and missed retired and got the bronze, but she did it.
"What is fabulous for america and for each the girls that bash C1 is we yet did it and we are successful an Olympic program. Jess was starring each those girls from a young age.
"In our athletics it's not similar 'you merit it', you inactive request to spell and get it and you inactive request to gain it due to the fact that there's a batch of bully girls retired there."
Fox's golden medal sparked an outpouring of emotion crossed Australian athletics fans connected societal media aft she had been forced to settee for bronze successful the K1 arsenic good arsenic winning metallic successful London (2012) and Rio (2016).
Australia's 14-time tennis Grand Slam victor Dylan Alcott took to his idiosyncratic twitter account, declaring Fox a "flat retired legend" aft her win, and helium was acold from the lone idiosyncratic to lavish praise connected the country's newest golden medallist.
"Could not deliberation of an jock much deserving - an unthinkable jock but an adjacent amended person. YES!" helium tweeted.