Dalilah Muhammad : Journey to the Top

By Alysia Montano, Molly Huddle, Roisin McGettigan

Intro: 0-18 We rehash our season one memories, talk about our interview with Dalilah, and discuss the topic of athlete mental health highlighted in the documentary the Weight of Gold, something we want to touch on in season 2!Watch Dalilah’s 1st  world record and win at 2019 USA champs:https://youtu.be/QhE9yDzD07kStats20-started running at 7, with distance running (xc, 1500!)Ran 100/200 at junior Olympics as 12 or 13From Queens, Novas Track Club24-training and racing during pandemic25-mindset during these changing goals and timelinesMentality of world champ30-who’s in her training group, coached by Boogie 31- link sports illustrated article  https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.si.com/.amp/olympics/2019/08/07/dalilah-muhammad-400-meter-hurdles-world-record-lawrence-johnson-analysisDalilah’s strength work, ran a 2:11 800 at the end of practice50.6 400 pr 35-link sports illustrated article “Black off the Track”: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.si.com/.amp/olympics/2020/06/10/black-track-and-field-athletes-racism-experiences-america40- how she was told “she had to win” because she can’t do anything less as a black athlete-validated her thoughts and anxieties around that but was also stressful“You feel like you have to be the best or you get forgotten about”47- Asking why attention flows to the lighter skinned, younger, non-Muslim ahtlete in her event48-realizing it’s not “playing the black card” -story of only getting noticed by a major track publication after her WR despite winning olympic gold 2 years earlier49-Alysia on the imbalance of marketing and income vs merits of performance in track50-on being Muslim and not feeling she looks it/ breaking stereotypes of Muslim women52-The idea that there’s not enough room for everyone’s success-how Dalilah’s learned that as her career went on 56: track geek q’s! Was the WR win at Doha a “perfect race”? How to build off that?The race: https://youtu.be/8ICw5ah7gPkDalilah: 51 sec is possible, had to reach for 8th hurdle58: Her word for the year 2019 was “compete”-rivalry with Sydney, does it drive her?60:  Her power word in 2016- she attacked every hurdle. Her word was “yes”. If it worked for track, the answer ws ye (re. Moving groups etc)Link to that race: https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/video/detail/women-s-400m-hurdles-final-rio-2016-replays/63: Dalilahs other plans-put her voice out there more, making change, also her side gig is modeling65- Dalilah’s into fashion check out her instagram for outfit inspo66- Dalilah's story: “how much i’ve struggled on this crazy journey-i never won an NCAA title, in 2012 I did a commercial about the Olympics and had to sign a waiver saying i wouldn’t make the team. It launched me to realize I wasn’t doing everything to chase my goals. It also gave me change in the pocket to move to california to train”From 15th (50th?) at trials in 2012 to gold in 2016!

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