5 Things to Know About Jenny Simpson’s History-Making Olympic Performance
"Standing on the starting line, I’m terrified—I’m always terrified of it, but that last 100 meters is always a thrill for me. I just love the sport.”
By Erin Strout, Runner's World
When Jenny Simpson won the 1500 meter Olympic bronze medal on Tuesday night in Rio de Janeiro, she added the one important accolade missing from her impressive list of accomplishments, which already includes World Championships gold and silver. It was also the missing piece for Team USA, which until Simpson crossed the finish line, had never placed a woman on the podium in the event.
After taking a victory lap around the track in Olympic Stadium, Simpson, who turns 30 on August 23, shared a few thoughts on the race, the medal, the sport, and what it took to place in the top three at the Games.
1) Executing the strategy
“I’ve had races where I’ve gone to the front and been a protagonist in the race and really made something happen. Given my training and some of the different elements of the year for me, [my coaches] knew I’d be in the best position if I was in a position to see the medals and run them down. They told me that whenever somebody jumps to the front, go with them, look at where the medals are, and go get them.”
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