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My journey these days does not consist of running around the track or traveling around the world competing, but to now allowing me to serve as a role model, educator, and motivator. Through my passion and story, I hope to allow someone else to see that their dreams can come true. Track has not only allowed me to reach some amazing goals, but also has given me the chance to make history. Now as a mother and a wife, my journey has made me even stronger. I hope that everyone who visits this site will walk away with a sense of empowerment, and will know that in order to have success you must be driven and make the most of your situation.
These past years I have really enjoyed my journey as a TEACHER. Teaching has not only allowed me to showcase my talents of working with children but to being the strong support that they need in life. It has opened my heart and my eyes to see what is best for my students. I strive to be the best educator that I can be and I am always willing to learn more to perfect my craft.
Now I am excited to embrace a new journey that not only allows me to tell and share my story, but serves as inspiration. I am very proud to announce the release of my new book "Unwavering Perseverance". Through the years I have always been told that I have a story to tell and it was finally time to completely share my story. Please buy a copy, read and become inspired. Again thank you for all the support through the years.
Here are some quick facts about me:
Born: January 3, 1980 Brooklyn, New York
First Race: Age 4 at a Block Party Street Race in New York
Favorite Color/Food/Thing to do: Pink, Pizza, Shopping/Reading
Good Luck Charm: Gold eye-shadow which was worn in every race/ angel pendent for memory of mother/photo button of my daughter
Fear/Love: Heights and Spending time with Family
Funny fact: I use to think that I could be an agent/spy and learn 4 different languages (German, Russian, Spanish and French)
I have always loved to run but never thought it would be my career. I never imagined that I would win an Olympic Gold Medal. I was just a hometown girl who grew up in Cincinnati and attended Walnut Hills High School. As a member of the track team in high school, I was seen as an average runner. I later went on to run at the University of Cincinnati on a track scholarship, and here I was able to perfect my stride and improve greatly. My story is one of full amazement, sacrifice, determination, and further goes to showcase how this late bloomer was able to rise above expectations. I graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Education emphasizing in Health Promotions. I later went on to run and win Gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I was able to make history and enjoy knowing that I was now an Olympian, always and forever. Seeing the American flag being raised and hearing the anthem will forever be engraved in my memory. I am grateful for being inducted into the prestigious 2010 UC HALL of Fame, to serving as the 2008 UC graduation ceremony keynote speaker, and being able to hold the 400 meter dash outdoor record for 13 years. During my collegiate years I never envisioned myself running on a professional level. I knew it would require hard work, dedication, perseverance, faith and believing in myself. Now that I am retired from the sport, I teach second grade in a Cincinnati Public Schools. In my spare time I love to volunteer in the community, participate with my sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., teach children's church, run/exercise and of course spend time with my family (husband and 2 daughters).
When individuals ask me what I use to do for my profession, it’s exciting to say that I use to…RUN! I did what made me happy! I enjoyed traveling around the world, competing and accomplishing goals. I enjoyed pushing my body to different limits, setting goals and seeing where my dreams could take me. Over the years I have won 2 Golds, One Silver, and One Bronze Medal in the 4×400 Meter relay at either a World Championships or Olympic Games. I have been ranked top 10 in the world and got the chance to compete with some of the best athletes in the world. I want them to see that anything is possible. My favorite piece of advice is to “ALWAYS STRIVE FOR YOUR DREAMS”.