Wednesday, 7 August 2013

GOLD STANDARD: Juliet Cuthbert on relaxation, Team Jamaica's prospects, and turning 50 next year

FINDING BALANCE: "I want to enter 50 healthy, fit and as strong as I am now."

With a body that won't quit, a rewarding career in personal fitness, and a doting new husband at home, Juliet Cuthbert seems to be leading a rather charmed life. In Part 2 of our cover exclusive, the five-time Olympian (still youthful and energetic at 49) invites TALLAWAH readers to get to know her a bit better, revealing a seriously health-conscious woman equally passionate about Portland and fine wine. 

TALLAWAH: Let's take a brief trip down memory lane. If you could have a conversation with your 25-year-old self, what would you say? 
Cuthbert: Be patient and stay focussed. Around that time, I was still learning about life and making a lot of mistakes. But some of those mistakes definitely helped to make me who I am now. 

Ironically, your son, Troy, is now in his 20s. When are you going to give him a sibling? 
I'm 49. (Laughs). 

Oh, please. There have been amazing in-vitro advances to aid women of a certain age. 
I'm aware. But who knows. We'll see. (Laughs). 

Are you a voracious reader? 
I used to read a lot, but I don't get a chance to do much reading anymore, being as busy as I am. 

How does Juliet Cuthbert like to spend her downtime? 
I love to just sit in my backyard and drink a glass or two of red wine, and just chill out. Me and my husband, and that's it. I really like to spend time alone with him, and if we must go away, it must be to somewhere like Portland. Love Portland. Going up to Hollywell, up in the hills for the day or the weekend. 

People say they rarely see you out on the party scene. Explain. 
I do enjoy a great party every now and then, but I try to be very selective as to where I go. 

Indeed. The 2013 Moscow Championships are about to get going. What are your expectations of Team Jamaica? 
I think we'll get about nine or ten medals. I don't see more than that. I think Usain will do well. I think Shelly will do well. The main people will do well for us, and in the relays. So I'm expecting Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Warren Weir to bring home the medals. 

And I assume you share the collective disappointment over the recent wave of positive doping results among our track-and-field athletes. 
Very disappointed about that. I don't know what's going to happen. I'm not really sure what's happening with Jamaica's athletes where that is concerned. 

On a more positive note, a few months from now you'll be stepping into your fifth decade. Cue the marching band. Are you enjoying the ride? 
Absolutely. Life is great right now. I'm more mature. I've grown in a lot of ways. I'm very happy. I have the man of my dreams and my business is going pretty well... I want to enter 50 the same way I entered 49: healthy, fit and as strong as I am now.




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