Olympic Distance Runner On Being A Teammate In An Individual Sport
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 clip, Tollefson reflects on the nature of "individual" sports, such as track and field, that still have athletes as members of a team. She considered her individual performances as team contributions and felt a responsibility to teammates.
She tried to be a leader who could rally other team members: "The more positive I was, the more positive my team was."