It was a blow to most Olympic athletes once they discovered the pandemic postponed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
However Sierra Castleberry of Crowley was within the minority.
“I known as my mother and was telling her that I don’t know if that is true, however I would like to search out out! The Olympics is postponed. Which means I’m in. I can do that,” Castleberry mentioned.
She knew a delayed Olympics meant a second probability to earn a spot on the USA ladies’s monitor and area crew.
Castleberry tore her Achilles tendon in 2019 and knew that she would by no means be at her finest to compete. It was a devastating damage that she, for a time, thought ended her profession. Then got here the delay within the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games, which gave her time to organize mentally and bodily.
“We simply began coaching laborious. We’re nonetheless coaching laborious. At that time, I used to be nonetheless rehabbing and I wasn’t even actually finished with that but, however I used to be pondering I needed to discover a solution to not expedite my rehab, however be sure that I’m in sufficient form to make a trial. So I simply began understanding and getting higher,” Castleberry mentioned throughout an interview at SandersFit in Dallas, the place she trains.
The 24-year-old has been coaching for the Olympic Trials whereas holding down two jobs. One in every of them, as an in a single day EMT in Arlington.
None of it has come straightforward, however Castleberry mentioned something value having is value combating for.
“In the end, I began operating monitor in hopes to be the quickest lady alive. I would like FloJo’s file. That’s my aim in life. That’s what I would like and I’m not going to cease till I get it,” she mentioned.
Castleberry should clock a USA monitor and area customary within the ladies’s 100m or 200m in a qualifying occasion to earn a spot for the Olympic Trials June 18-27 in Oregon.
The Tokyo Olympics start July 23 on NBC 5.