Having won FOURTEEN Pan American Games medals, how does it feel looking back at the journey?
Pan Am Games medals are some of the most coveted titles in my sport since we are not in the Olympics. I have been blessed to be able to compete at the last four Pan Am Games. In Rio, I was only 17 years old and I came home with 2 Gold medals and 1 silver- twelve years later, I was one of the veterans competing in Lima; and I truly have a journey to reflect on. I have grown in to the woman I am today because of my team, my coaches & the experiences I have had competing all over the world. I have accomplished everything I could have ever dreamed of. And now I get to finish my career enjoying every moment.
“The overwhelming feeling of becoming a world champion still brings me to tears.”. Were your eyes always set on this goal?
Some of my earliest memories on the ski dock included me telling people that I wanted to be a World Champion one day. I became a World Champion for the first time at the age of 19 and to this day, being a World Champion is the thing I strive for most. The moment I became a world champion for the first time is still one of my most precious memories – it was the validation for my lifetime of dedication to this beautiful sport God blessed me with.
How do you like to kick start your day. What does your first meal of the day comprise of?
My favorite way to start my day is with a protein smoothie bowl topped with mixed berries, granola & dark chocolate chips =) When I don’t have as much time, I just make a blended iced coffee protein shake & run out the door.
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