I fell in love with track cycling while listening to M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” over the loud speakers at the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs. After racing track and cyclocross briefly in college, with a full commitment to the collegiate road program, and racing for the Kowalski’s Collegiate All-Star team in 2011, I had decided I wanted to devote my attention to track sprinting, and waiting until I graduated in April of 2012 to fully commit to a training program. In May of 2012, I moved to Los Angeles and began training at the Velo Sports Center alongside Jamie Staff and the US National Team. In less than 8 months, I became one of two females to meet the US National Team time standard and was selected to represent the US at the Pan American Championships and set a US National Record. In under 1.5 years, I became the 500m and team sprint national champion, and set two US track records. Now, less than two years later, I am the #1 ranked US female track sprinter, and currently the only standing female member of the national track sprint team.
There is no greater feeling for me than to race my bike. In two years I’ve accomplished more than I thought I would have, and I am 100% percent dedicated to getting a medal in the Rio 2016 Olympics. I have been shown more support and love from those around me, and it helps me push on through the toughest of days. I love the pain and seeing my hard work pay off. I love setting goals and crushing them. But most importantly, I love achieving my dreams and hearing how they have inspired others.
My improvement in the sport has been rapid and such a rush. I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by athletes with the same dream as mine, an environment that enables me to train to the best of my ability, and to have the greatest sponsors and support that help me chase my dreams to the fullest. I look forward to the journey to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and couldn’t be more happy for my decision to put aside furthering my education to chase a dream many people are not able too. My life is incredible. I’m blessed to be able to do what I do, and love it at the same time.