Leeds boxing star Nicola Adams tells all on Desert Island Discs

Nicola Adams, who this summer won her second Olympic gold medal.
Nicola Adams, who this summer won her second Olympic gold medal.
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Leeds’s Double Olympic winning boxer Nicola Adams has revealed the price of fame during a radio appearance in which she opened up about how her life has changed since winning Gold at London 2012.

Adams, from Ebor Gardens, went from being largely unknown to a household name, a meteoric rise that transformed her old life in her home city.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Adams said: “Walking down the street I would get stopped every 20 seconds. A normal trip to the corner store would take 20 minutes instead of five and I remember one particular day I went to the supermarket, thinking that I could just go do my regular grocery shopping and I was mobbed, had to leave my shopping and go home. Security had to help me out.”

While she can still do her own supermarket shopping, the 34-year-old said her routine has changed: “I can go but I go at really odd times of the morning.”

In a wide-ranging interview, the sports star told of how, to raise money for boxing training camps, she performed as an extra in Coronation Street.

Adams also suggested that the personal medical files of the country’s elite athletes could be made public to restore confidence in top-level sport.

She is one of several British athletes whose previous legitimate use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) have been leaked online by Russian hackers. The data showed Adams, who suffers from asthma, received a TUE in February for the steroid methylprednisolone, and that she made a previous TUE application in 2007.

She said: “Maybe we could make all the World Anti-Doping Agency) files public, or whatever makes people happiest.”

Meanwhile, Adams, hinted at going pro, saying: “I love the fact that if I go into pro boxing I’ll be taking up a whole new set of challenges.”

Adams’ musical choice on the programme included Frank Sinatra, Drake and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.