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Episode 330: Morgan McDonald – Fresh off the 5,000m at the Tokyo Olympics for Australia, Team OAC

Morgan McDonald ran the 5000m at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. He is originally from Australia but now lives in Boulder and trains with the On Athletics Club where he is coached by Dathan Ritzenhein. He was a 4-time NCAA Champion for the University of Wisconsin. Morgan also competed in the 2017 and 2019 World Championships for Australia. 

In this episode, we get to hear about his experience in Tokyo, training with the On Athletics Club, deciding to run for the University of Wisconsin, and more!

Photo credit: Joe Hale (@jkh_photo)

What we talked about:

3:35- Morgan’s post Olympic thoughts

8:45- The Olympic experience and cheering on teammates

12:15- Deciding to come to the United States to run for the University of Wisconsin

14:45- His belief in himself to make an Olympic team before his results showed that he could

19:20- Morgan’s mindset on the starting line

21:15- Changes to be made to be better prepared for the next Olympic cycle

24:00- Deciding to train with Team Boss and the decision to switch to the On Athletics Club

28:45- Living with his training partners

36:05- Training with the On Athletics Club

43:25- Transitioning to professional running after having such a successful collegiate career

47:50- What’s next for Morgan

49:10- Living far away from family in Australia

51:50- End of podcast questions

Show notes:

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