During the month of May, to support our partnership with the USATF Foundation, we are highlighting several USATF Foundation athletes in a series of Athlete Spotlights.
Hyleas Fountain became the only American woman other than Jackie Joyner-Kersee to win an Olympic medal in the heptathlon in 2008. An NCAA heptathlon champion, Fountain is also an outstanding long jumper, triple jumper, high jumper and hurdler, and even transitioned her speed to bobsled for the 2012 North American Cup.
What is your event and why do you love it? My event is the Heptathlon. I love this event because it really represents true all-around athleticism. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to be well-rounded in track and field.
We’re always curious: what motivates you to keep going? The thing that keeps me going is my faith. I know why God put me on this planet and that is to be a role model for kids through track and field. So knowing that the kids look up to me makes me want to be that much better.
What is one part of your training/nutrition routine you can’t live without? Running is something I always will do, even when I’m done with track. Also, healthy eating is now a way of life and so I will take that with me.
What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome? Having surgery on my knee in 2007 right before an Olympic year. It was frustrating at first, but I used it as fuel, made the Olympic team and got a Silver Medal.
How did the USATF Foundation help you get to where you are? The USATF Foundation has blessed me in more ways than one. They have given me opportunities to participate in giving back to the community. They have also financially supported me, so that I can get the necessary things done (like chiropractic work and massage) to be a better athlete.
To donate to the USATF Foundation and learn more about their mission, visit www.usatffoundation.org.