Posted For: Willie Wonka
Michelle Jenneke is excited to be slipping back into the green and gold.
The Australian model and hurdler, known for her pre-race “jiggling” ritual, is slated to compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games after dealing with ankle and back injuries, according to The UK’s Daily Star.
“This one is pretty special. To be back representing my country after a few years of injury is honestly pretty unbelievable,” the 29-year-old Jenneke wrote on Instagram in late June.
“Huge thank you to my team who stuck with me during some pretty tough moments and have made this season possible. Proud to be back in the green and gold at my 3rd Commonwealth Games.”
The University of Sydney alum has gained notoriety in recent years after her “jiggling” dance went viral at the 2012 World Junior Championships.
Though she had a disappointing showing at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 — not to mention the backlash that followed — Jenneke recently competed at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, earlier this month. There, she posted her “fastest time in seven years” with 12.84 seconds and advanced to the semi-final.
While much of Jenneke’s Instagram page is made up of photos from meets, the athlete occasionally gives fans a glimpse into her life beyond the track. Last June, she shared a dreamy snap of a colorful sky from Cable Beach, as well as a few pics commemorating her college graduation.
The Commonwealth Games kicked off Thursday in Birmingham, England, and will run through Aug. 8.