MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Olympian and Coastal Carolina graduate, Amber Campbell will travel the 4,500 miles from Myrtle Beach to Rio on Sunday. The city of Myrtle Beach declared August 5 Amber Campbell Day. The three time Olympian, Hammer Thrower spent the day dedicated to her and her accomplishments relaxing, but she says feels more prepared and confident than ever.
Campbell says she still has a lot to do to get ready for her trip to the Olympics. "I got to pack, I have to board my dog, a lot of little things to make everything else go smoother, but other than that it's practice...practice.. practice," said Campbell.
However, Campbell said now that the road to Rio is here she couldn't be more excited. "Beyond excited, you would think that maybe after doing this a couple of times that it wouldn't be, but I am like a little kid I woke up at probably 5 o'clock this morning, I'm like it's almost here it's almost time," Campbell said with a smile.
The Coastal Carolina grad first competed in the Olympics in Beijing, and she hopes the Rio Olympic Summer Games will be a third time charm. "The first time I think I was just kind of happy to be there, this is a dream come true, (I was) happy to make it, trying to do the best I could, but really wasn't disappointed that I didn't do the best. In 2012, I was a bit more focused, and I placed much higher, and I almost made the finals, but this time being ranked in the top 10 in the world for the last three years, I really feel like I have a shot to be on that podium, and to make that medal stand. I feel so much more prepared and confident in my abilities, and I think God is going to bless me to be able to go there with confidence, and have some fun, and just let it rip!" Campbell explained.
The city of Myrtle Beach declared August 5, would be Amber Campbell Day, and Campbell says Myrtle Beach has been her home since she first attended Coastal Carolina University, but she says the community support has been incredible.
Campbell said, "I am just humbled and honored to have so much support around me in so many ways for so long , it's just incredible so I am just so thankful to be in a community not only loves me track and field but loves its local people."
She says before she lives for her Olympic journey she encourages everyone to go after their dreams, and live in the moment, exactly what she plans to do in Rio de Janeiro.
"Dream bigger, dream outside of the box, don't be afraid to make your own path I didn't have any hammer throwers in my family, or anybody that did track and field as a profession or anything like that, so when you see an opportunity take it and if don't see an opportunity create one," Campbell stated.
Campbell will travel from Myrtle Beach to Houston on Sunday to meet up with the rest of the team before traveling to Brazil. Her coach and her parents, who live in Indianapolis will travel to be with her next week.