Jenny Simpson is the most decorated American female middle distance runner of her generation. Her racing savvy and experience have netted her WC gold in 2011, WC silver in 2013, Olympic bronze in 2016, WC silver in 2017.
Jenny Simpson is also one of my fave interviews: she is thoughtful, enthusiastic, and loves the sport. Here are some of the highlights of her comments with Track & Field News, the bible of the sport:
BOULDER (USA): Dreams about Olympic podium currently shifted to neutral as for every miler, Jenny Simpson is riding puppy love through the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. Her new special ingredient as she stays safe and sane at her Colorado home, sheltering in place with husband Jason and her sister-in-law Annie is hardly a secret. “Great question,” the former steeplechase star says when asked if a step up in racing distance is on the cards. “My heart and head are still 100% with the 1500. I have always worked hard to be good at a range of events. However, the past few years required intense focus on very specific 1500-meter work as the competition only gets tougher in that event. But it’s not good to lose those 5K skills and maybe during the past few years I’ve let that ability slip a little. So I used the time from Doha to the February race at BU to sharpen them up again,” she said in an interview with Track and Field News.
With track & field seasons starting to open all over the country, I think it’s time to re-tweet this. Thanks again to @trackjenny for the quote and allowing me to use it and her picture for this. @PositiveCoachUS @WinningCoaches @Proactivecoach @ReformedSParent @CoachJonBeck pic.twitter.com/iWLE7bsSHx
— Rod Murrow (@RodMurrow) February 19, 2020
To see the piece in TFN, go to: https://trackandfieldnews.com/dog-days-for-jenny-simpson/