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Olympian Carrie Tollefson On The Definition Of Competitive Spirit

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Carrie Tollefson (@CTolleRun) was a distance runner for the U.S. at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Earlier, she was a 13-time Minnesota state champion in track and field and cross country. At Villanova University, she was a 5-time NCAA Champion and the 1998 NCAA Indoor Track Athlete of the year.

In this video, Tollefson equates "perseverance" with "competitive spirit." For example, she explains, injuries and setbacks are what prompted the ""true athlete"" in herself to come out. She did not necessarily enjoy the setbacks it while they were happening, but realizes they helped make her who she became.