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DeeDee Trotter, medallista Olímpica: ¿Cómo desarrollamos el campeón que llevamos dentro?

DeeDee Trotter, the medallist in the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and London 2012, came to Munabe last Friday 17th February.

She gave us an inspiring talk about unleashing our inner champion in which she used her career as an example. The students from 1st ESO to 2nd ESO had the opportunity to meet this energetic and charismatic woman who inspired us to never give up and go for our dreams.

Like many other people, DeeDee hasn't had an easy life. When she was 10 years old she had a dream, going to the University of Tennessee to play basketbal there. She achieved her objective but she wasn't able to make the basketball team even if she tried hard. However, she had a talent for running and she had a great success in Track and Field, classifying for her first Olympic Games in Athens 2004 when she was just 20 years old. In Greece, she won the gold medal in 4x400 metres relay.


After the Olympic Games, Adidas signed her because of her great potential and DeeDee kept on working hard becoming one of the favourites to win the gold medal in Beijing. 2007 was her best year, she became the USA indoor and outdoor champion. But then, tragically, things started to go wrong. A few months before the 2008 trials, she woke up with a swollen knee and doctors told her she needed surgery to repair that knee. She decided to postpone surgery because she wanted to try to compete in the trials. Her knee problems affected her, she was last in a couple of races and she was even rejected in a competition. However, she managed to qualify for 2008 Olympics finishing 3rd in the trials. Despite her effort and determination her injury hampered her performance and she failed to qualify for the 400m final and she decided to withdraw from the relay.


Once the Olympics finished, DeeDee had surgery to repair her knee. She wasn't able to win a race during 2009, 2010 and 2011. She lost her fame and money, nobody believed she would be able to classify for the 2012 Olimpics in London. In the trials, she reached the final but after 300m she was just seventh. In that moment, her champion inside pushed her and she was able to reach the finish line 3rd. She was classified! In London, DeeDee won the bronze medal in the 400m in a race she considers the best in her career. She also won the gold medal in the 4x400m relay. She had been able to get back up.

Nowadays, after retiring, DeeDee works as a Brand Ambassador of education First and thanks to this we have had the honour of receiving her in our school. We have learnt a lot of things from her, such as the importance of turning the bad things into motivation to do our best. She also said 90% of becoming a champion is in your mind. She closed the talk giving us her recipe to be successful, which she calls "PHD". P is PURPOSE, PASSION, PEOPLE, PRACTICE and PERSEVERANCE. H is HARD-WORK, HONESTY, HOMOUR, HARD SHELL and HEART. D is DETERMINATION, DEDICATION, DREAM BIG, DRIVE and DOUBT IS UNACCEPTABLE.

To sum up, she left a message to all of us: "BELIEVING IS THE KEY"

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