There are so many great things about Shannon Rowbury.
First of all, this San Francisco native is a down-to-earth, yet fierce Olympian and has represented the United States in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics. She holds the record as the 2nd fastest miler in American history, clocking in at 4 minutes and 19 seconds. I don’t know about you, but I would barely be halfway through a mile by the time Shannon crossed that finish line. The best part about this athlete is that she is so real.
Now I know you’re asking me, “What is a real person? Isn’t everyone real?” Yes. Everyone is real, but Shannon has some amazing core values and qualities that make me wonder how she can be so superhumanly fast, yet relatable at the same time. This girl runs for a living, but appreciates desserts, understands that clean eating happens in cycles and knows that every workout doesn’t have to be 110%. She’s all about balance and taking care of her body.
If you’ve ever wanted to be an Olympic athlete, read on. Shannon will make you feel like anything is possible.
FM: Tell me more about your non-profit organization, Imagining More. What was the inspiration and how is it going now?
Shannon: The inspiration came through my altitude training in Mexico. During my time in San Luis, I would notice there was a big discrepancy between the athletic participation of boys and girls. I specifically remember doing a track workout one day and there was a PE class. They were split into boys and girls playing soccer. The boys were really engaged and running across the field and excited about what was going on and the girls would be standing around. There was such a difference emphasis on athletic participation. So in 2012 after the Olympics started, my fiance Pablo and I founded Imagining More which is a nonprofit promoting art and athletics amongst young women.
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