TIME TO PICK UP YOUR CROWN

December 14, 2020

TIME TO PICK UP YOUR CROWN

"In Kenya where I grew up, we didn't have that many opportunities. We didn't know that girls could pursue their own dreams. We did not know girls could be professional athletes, make their own money and build their own lives. Here in America I see everything as an opportunity. ​ I want to go back to my village and tell those girls that I succeeded, I have a college degree, I'm going to Tokyo in 2021 and they too can do it. I think it's very important to see somebody that looks like you, because you can see yourself in them, and then you will work very hard to achieve your goals as well.

Coming back from the Trials, I actually realized that I was [one of] the first Black American women to go to the games in the marathon. Having people message me and telling me how excited and inspired they were to finally see a Black woman represent them, I just realized the importance of representation. And now that I’m carrying a little girl, it’s become personal, you know. Like I want my daughter to see people like herself."

- 2020 US Marathon Trials Champion, Aliphine Tuliamuk

 

 





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