My whole mentality going into these winter olympics, is I have done the work.

So there’s really no point worrying about what I am going to do now that I am here.

Too many competitors find themselves succumbing to their own anxiety going into races.

I am the complete opposite – I know I am only 20, but I have great belief in my own ability to perform on the day when it counts most.

When I approach competing with that mindset, that’s where I really feel like I shine.

With such a massive build-up to the games, am I feeling the pressure to perform?

Externally, the chatter really spiked following my second placing at the World Cup event in France.

I mean it is kind of cool that people are calling me an medal prospect, and I can understand where they are coming from, but it is my first Olympics and I am not putting pressure on myself to perform.

I plan on just going out there and doing my best on the day, and we’ll see what comes of it.

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Regardless of what happens, I know my legacy will be defined over a long period of time – not just one winter olympics.

I want to make a career out of this sport, and to do that, I need to be consistently good throughout all the seasons, all the years and all the races.

I can’t just put all this pressure on this one race, like the pinnacle of the sport to make or break my career.

Because it won’t at the end of the day, it’s a race; it’s super important, and I really want to do well at it, but it’s not the end of the world if I don’t.

It is kind of funny to even be thinking of boardercross in this sense, especially when my “olympic” aspirations as a kid weren’t in line with the winter games.

Swimming was my first love, and I always enjoyed the water.

My mates and I were all decent swimmers, we would tussle it out for glory every weekend at local swimming meets, and I can remember how often we would laugh and joke that one day we would compete at the olympics against the rest of the world.

I’m thrilled to be living out that dream today; even if it is in a completely different sport!

Snowboarding really found me – I was about ten years old when a couple of my friends from school said “We’ve got a team, but we don’t have enough people do you want to come?” I had hardly ridden a snowboard at this point.

I went up there and had a go. I wasn’t very good at first, but managed to get better as the season wore on.

The next year I started winning some of the smaller events and I was like yeah this is a sick sport, I’d love to do this as a career!

I can’t even tell you when I thought the Olympics was an aspiration – it wasn’t even my main goal. I just wanted to improve and keep getting better, as I was enjoying racing so much.

In reality, I was just that kid, watching the pros on TV, thinking “Hey, how amazing would it be to do this on a regular basis?”

To be here is incredibly special – I still remember the buzz I simply felt when I represented my high school for national athletes back in 2015!

To know that the whole of Australia is behind me, cheering me on from across the other side of the world, is remarkable.

12 months ago, I would never have thought I would be here; I wasn’t even racing World Cups, so the fact I can say I am at the Olympics, ready to race in the biggest event in my life, is really special.

I can’t wait.

Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert is an Australian snowboarder, competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.