Cuthbert-Flynn, 'a born champion'

February 27, 2016
Ian Allen/Photographer Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn (second right) with supporters on nomination day.


'a born champion'

As the first Olympian about to sit in the Jamaica's parliament, 1992 double Olympic silver medalist, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, has revealed that Thursday's defeat of two-time Member of Parliament Paul Buchanan felt just as "euphoric and amazing" as her global sprint success.

Running in her first election, she won the St Andrew West Rural seat, polling 9,742 votes to Paul Buchanan's 7,517.

"It's the same kind of euphoria; it's the same kind of woooow and that awesomeness ... that surreal and amazing kind of feeling," explained the five-time Olympian.

amazing feeling

While comparing her global medal successes and election day triumph, she outlined that both came with "amazing feeling of support and show of love.

"It's the same thing on the track. The people are out there cheering for you, they are calling your name ... Juliet, Juliet, we love you.

"They are cheering for you and you want to win because I have fans out there so it's the same feeling. They (the fans) keep telling you that they love you and you just don't want to let them down," Cuthbert-Flynn stressed.

Cuthbert-Flynn describes herself as a born champion said she has never settled for second best in her life, adding that she was no underdog in the race for the St Andrew West Rural seat.

"I was always confident of victory because I was putting in the work. I was walking sometimes six to seven days a week and I was walking for five to six hours a day. I walked off two pairs of sneakers - the bottom fell off.

She added that the happiness of winning Thursday's seat also comes with a lot of responsibility.

"These people are cheering for me, all these people love me.They say they love me, they want to hug me, and they want to shake my hand.

I can't let these people down," stressed Cuthbert-Flynn.

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