Archive for Category: "Interview"

Amanda Smock: Peaking at the Right Time

Amanda Smock:  Peaking at the Right Time

Amanda Smock can appreciate the supreme disappointment felt by 90% of the athletes that competed in the Olympic Trials last month in Eugene, Oregon.  In 2008 at the Trials, Amanda placed fifth in the triple jump, failing to qualify for a trip to Beijing.  And following that failure, she was tempted to set aside her […]

A Unique Olympic Opportunity for UNC Graduate Liz Mott

A Unique Olympic Opportunity for UNC Graduate Liz Mott

Over the past year I have enjoyed getting to know Liz Mott, an exceptional 400 meter track athlete who recently graduated from the University of North Carolina.  And last week while dropping off my sons at UNC track camp, I had a chance to chat with her.  I knew that Liz had been thinking about […]

Amy Yoder Begley Practices Perseverance

Amy Yoder Begley Practices Perseverance

When American middle distance runner Amy Yoder Begley talks about preparing for the Olympics, she knows what she is talking about.  In 2008 she qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the 10,000 meters by crushing the last 800 meters.  However, her performance at the Games left her unsatisfied.  And, given her aspirations for London, in […]

Elite BMX Rider Amanda Carr Chases Her Olympic Dream

Elite BMX Rider Amanda Carr Chases Her Olympic Dream

    21 year old Amanda Carr is without a doubt a gifted athlete.  During high school she earned an incredible 17 varsity letters in sports such as golf, track and field, weight lifting and soccer, all while maintaining a 3.84 GPA.  But at this point in her life Amanda has narrowed her focus and […]

Jamaican Track and Field Superstar Davian Clarke

Jamaican Track and Field Superstar Davian Clarke

When competitive careers are over, many athletes are quickly forgotten.  Past accomplishments are overshadowed by the exploits of current athletes, and opportunities to leverage athletic talents into careers related to their sport never materialize. For Davian Clarke, a former Jamaican track and field athlete, neither of those are true.  Clarke has taken advantage of his […]