Episode 269: Tianna Bartoletta – 3X Olympic Gold Medalist, Long Jump, 4X100, Writer, Speaker, Yogi
Tianna Bartoletta joins me today for a great conversation! We talk about her career, writing, health, yoga, speaking affirmations into your own life and SO MUCH MORE. Tianna shares so much wisdom in this episode and I am so excited for you all to hear it!
Tianna is a two-time Olympian with THREE Gold medals! She placed 4th at the 2012 Olympics in the 100 meters, and won her first gold medal leading off the 4X100mrelay team. They also set a World Record that day. She won two more gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the long jump and again in the 4X100m relay. Tianna shares the fun story about making the 2012 Olympics and finishing the race in 4th in a personal best of 10.85 in the 100m. When she saw the time, she said she celebrated more than the Olympic champion! She shares about some details about being selected to the relay team, what leading off the team felt like and becoming an Olympic Gold medalist in the 4×100 meter relay.
Tianna also won the long jump World Championship in 2005 and 2015, along with the long jump World Indoor Championship in 2006. She also was a pusher on the U.S. bobsled team in 2012.
Tianna credits yoga for helping her listen to her body, avoid injury, and becoming a “mental warrior” in training and competition. Tianna now teaches a virtual yoga session every Saturday that you can join! You’ll hear in this episode how her positive mindset shines through in all that she does, it is so inspiring!
What we talked about:
4:15- How Tianna fell in love with writing
6:15- Growing up in Ohio and starting track
14:45- Choosing to compete for Tennessee
19:05- Recapping the 2012 Olympic Experience
26:10- Talking about qualifying for and competing in the 2012 4x100m relay and winning the Olympic Gold medal while setting the World Record
42:05- What has been challenging in 2020 for Tianna and what she has learned
44:30- The relationship between her sponsor (Nike) and utilizing social media
45:50- Tianna’s social media presence and her goals with social media
48:45- Mindset trying to make her third Olympic Team for Tokyo 2021
56:50- Adding yoga into her routine and how it made her a “mental warrior”
1:01- The journey of finding a fibroid in her uterus and the healing process
1:19:30- End of podcast questions
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