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Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Taylor and Sky Sports Rachel Wyse. Photo: Robbie Reynolds.

Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Taylor and Sky Sports Rachel Wyse. Photo: Robbie Reynolds.

Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Taylor and Sky Sports Rachel Wyse. Photo: Robbie Reynolds.

OLYMPIC boxer Katie Taylor says her family and faith kept her away from a party lifestyle after the Olympics.

Katie said she learnt a lot from Kenny Egan's mistakes. Egan embraced his celebrity status and at one point went awol after his 2008 Olympic win in Beijing.

"I learnt a lot from Kenny," the 26-year-old said.

"He's a great man and I'm a great fan of his. But it was an overnight thing for him.

"He came back and was suddenly a superstar. It must have been hard for him to deal with that.

"My family and faith helped me deal with that side of things a bit.

"Faith was always the most important thing in my life," she said.

The softly spoken Bray native is known for her reserved nature and for remaining grounded despite her gold medals.

"I'm not that wild," she joked.

But Katie says adjusting to life after her her Olympic win was the hardest thing she faced.

"I don't think my life will ever be normal after the Olympics to be honest. I think that was the hardest thing to adjust to," she said.

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"I never really thought about this part of my life before the Olympics. I get recognised more but it's part and parcel of it."

Katie is busy training at the moment and is determined to become even stronger for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"A lot of people will be chasing my tail now so it's important to stay one step ahead otherwise you'll get beaten," she said.

"I have to continue to improve. At the end of the day there is no such thing as the perfect boxer.

"I still have that hunger in me," she said. "There are more people looking to overtake me but I think it's a good pressure."

Katie was speaking at the launch of Sky Sports: Living for Sport campaign, which encourages school kids to get involved in sport.

"Sport is great for overcoming disadvantage," Katie said. "I had to break down barriers when I started boxing.

"It was tough because there were no other female boxers out there. But I kept going for that dream.

"I like this new initiative because every child is born for greatness and this lets their greatness out."

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