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Japanese American Sprinter Ivy Dobson

Japanese-American Sprinter, Ivy Dobson

Introducing Japanese-American sprinter Ivy Dobson. A young man inspired to claim his potential at the highest level of athletics and earning a seat on the Japan National Team, arguably one of the most promising athletic rosters in the future of track and field.

What inspires you?

My inspiration stemmed from my high school, Arbor View High School. They supported me by making sure I was able to run at the country's most competitive meets and that is what created my inspiration. The community contributed a lot to watching me grow and become a successful athlete. I want to continue building on that foundation.

What are your athletic goals for this season?

My current goal this season is to make a Japanese national team. I am aiming for a 60m indoor spot to compete at the World Indoor Championships. As I only prepped for the 60m, my outdoor season goal is to rebuild into a 400m sprinter as I am built more-so for long sprints. This will prepare me for World Championships in 2019.

What is the most significant challenge you face in achieving your goal?

My most significant challenge is self-training. Many reputable coaches refuse to take a chance athletes who aren't sponsored or cannot afford their camps. I took it into my own hands this year to see build my own program and compete against the top in the world. It is by far the most challenging and difficult endeavor I've come across to attain my goal.

Ivy Dobson Japanese-American Sprinter

What is a technical aspect of your sport you are focusing on or have previously improved?

I've lacked physical strength in my 6 years of competing as an athlete. My body physique is very minuscule among all the other athletes who toe the line. I've made it a priority to focus on becoming more powerful in the weight room, while trying to avoid putting on unnecessary body mass.

This will improve the amount of force I am able to apply every time I an sprinting.

What is your approach to Recovery of sore muscles?

My go to for recovery was