Olivia Ekpone, Inspired for Speed
We met the amazing Nigerian-American Sprinter, Olivia Ekpone last year and one would be hard pressed to find a more determined and inspired athlete.
She has her eyes set on making the USA team for this year's 2018 World Indoor Championships and continuing her career through competitions all over the globe.
What inspires you?
My community and loved ones inspire me to be the best person and athlete I can be. I have such wonderful supporters, from all ages, back home in Maryland. Their support and encouragement has kept me going. My family has always been there and I’m forever grateful. I found such joy in running and I hope I can continue to inspire the younger generation to go after their dreams.
What is the most significant challenge you face in achieving your goal?
Trusting the process has always been a challenge for me. I want to run fast all the time. With track, that sometimes doesn’t always happen. Even when competitions and training days don’t go how I plan, remaining positive will help me become a better athlete.
What is a technical aspect of your sport you are focusing on or have previously improved?
This year, l am focusing on improving my strength-endurance while still remaining aggressive in my drive phase.
Why is Recovery of sore muscles important to you?
Recovery is VERY important in my training regimen. Running professionally consists of tough training days. I make sure to take naps, take my iON epsom salt baths, and drink infused water for hydration.
What might you say to inspire other athletes?
My track coach, Darryl Woodson aka D2 has told me “Be comfortable with being uncomfortable.” This has stuck by me throughout my fall training. In order to get better, athletes should learn to continue pushing themselves to become stronger. What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.
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