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Our Emma on her way to Beijing

AT least the selectors for Australia's Olympic triathlon team didn't make Emma Moffatt wait long before giving her the news of her selection yesterday morning.

Whether she was in or out, the 23-year-old was going to receive a call and when it came a touch after nine o'clock, the news was all good.

When contacted yesterday, Moffatt was in Brisbane where she now resides and she said: "I haven't stopped smiling since I got the call."

It was obvious that this was true as throughout the phone call that the Coffs Coast Advocate had with her yesterday, the former Woolgoolga girl couldn't contain her excitement as she was practically giggling for the entire conversation.

"I'm so excited and just thinking about going to the Olympics, I can't get the smile off my face," she said.

"I know it's real but it doesn't really feel like it's sunk in yet.

"I've got plenty of text messages and e-mails and calls today, it makes it really exciting."

The excitement came after a nervous wait for the call from selectors but Moffatt said that she took the whole process in her stride and that those close to her were struggling with nerves more than her.

"I slept really well but my boyfriend Dave he only got about two hours sleep," she explained.

"I called Mum this morning and she said that she had a bit of trouble getting to sleep as well."

The selections were based on the triathletes who had consistently performed at a high level across a one-year period and, in hindsight, nerves shouldn't have been an issue as Moffatt's performances over this time were nothing short of sensational.

World Cup victories at Edmonton and New Plymouth, finishing runner-up at Tiszaujvaros and a fourth at the World Championships were enough to stamp herself as a star on the world stage.

Last night Moffatt celebrated her Olympic selection with dinner attended by squad members but this weekend should see a good time being had with a camp and team bonding session being held in Melbourne.

With the big race exactly four months away tomorrow, the triathlon star admits that there's another part of the Olympic experience that she's looking forward to.

"I think about the race and I think about the closing ceremony and that gets me so excited," Moffatt said.

"I remember watching that at Sydney and Athens and everyone looks like they're having a ball."

Until then the hard work continues.

"I'm just going back into a little bit of base training and I'll do the World Championships which are in June in Vancouver this year but I guess everything will be focused towards Beijing."


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