Olympic reunion for Frerichs in Nixa | KOLR

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NIXA, Mo. – “It was absolutely surreal,” said 2020 Olympian Courtney Frerichs, recalling her silver medal in the steeplechase. “

“It was just validation that all the work was worth it. Obviously, I had dreamed of going to the Olympics since I was a child. I have been thinking about Tokyo every day since the end of the Rio games. Making the Olympics was a dream come true, but I knew in my heart that I wanted to have an Olympic medal. “

For Frerichs, winning silver in the Tokyo steeplechase was a lifelong goal.

But his journey to the Olympic podium started all the way back to his hometown of Nixa.

“I think back to when I was in fifth grade in Ms. Hunt’s class at Inman. I found out that she had taught one of the Olympic gymnasts. She made me her autograph. It was just the coolest thing for me.

Now, it is Frerichs who makes the link with the children of the region.

Take a week off to come back and visit the current generation of budding Olympians of the Ozarks.

And draw the “oos” and “ahs” with his new material.

“Yes, the medal is out. People were like “oh my god”. I had never even really seen an Olympic medal in person until I won mine.

But for her, the visit is not limited to photos and autographs.

It’s a chance to inspire kids to the same lofty goals she aspired to in their place.

“It’s intimidating to set really big goals, but you’ll really see what you’re capable of accomplishing if you constantly push yourself and set goals along the way. “

And Frerichs won’t stop setting his own goals anytime soon.

Hell, just weeks after winning silver, she broke her own American steeplechase record, becoming the first American to go below the nine-minute mark.

“It was difficult to come back from games and to change mentally right away. You just want to celebrate and be done. Yeah, I’m super proud of that because the sub-nine felt really good.

And the goals keep coming, with many competitions to come, including the Paris Olympics in just three years.

“Absolutely. We’re sort of in an unprecedented five years starting with Tokyo. Due to the delay, we have five consecutive years of major championships, which is unusual. But I’m really excited to tackle this. think this is a very good opportunity for me to be at the top of my career.

For those who would like to run alongside her, Frerichs says she will attend the Vision Clinic 5K on Saturday starting at 8:00 a.m.


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