In this episode of Keep Moving Forward I interview Team USA Track and Field Olympian and 7x USA champion in the 800 meters, Alysia Montaño.
“No matter what happens, finish strong.” These words, spoken by the great Alysia Montaño, mean more to her today than they ever have before. After a fifth place finish in the 800 meters in the 2012 Olympic Games, Alysia was ready to forge ahead and claim gold in 2016. However, after a devastating fall in the finals of the Olympic Trials, Alysia saw her chances at pursuing this Olympics fade away. But she did not stay down for long. In fact, she didn’t stay down at all. Alysia picked herself up and crossed the finish line, inspiring all who witnessed the race that day. On top of being a 7-time USA champion, Alysia has faced much adversity in her sport, including the recent revelation that in her 800 meter race in the 2012 Olympics, both the first and third place finishers were found to have taken performance enhancing drugs; therefore cheating a podium finish away from Alysia. Through injury, setback, and competing with those who don’t respect the sport as she does, Alysia never faltered. She stayed positive and upbeat, knowing that every day is a blessing. She is the living embodiment of “keep moving forward” and it was an honor to have the opportunity to speak with her for this episode of my podcast. I hope that you enjoy my talk with the Olympian with the flower in her hair, Alysia Montaño.
If you would like to keep up to date on everything that Alysia is up to, you can head over to http://www.alysiamontano.com/ and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter all @AlysiaMontano. Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.