Chanel Lattimer ’05 – Track & Field

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My college decision came down to the last minute! I realized that I didn’t want track to become a job. I didn’t want that constant pressure and a scholarship looming over my head. As much as I love to run, I also love being involved in other activities. Not only was the track coach from Princeton very interested in me, I felt that Princeton would give me the best opportunity to be involved in an array of activities, while giving me a first rate education.

Sports have taught me dedication, passion, humility and competitiveness. Because of sports, I learned how to apply these lessons to my academic career and other extracurricular activities. Sports have instilled in me a sense of leadership…Sports have also helped me interact with people, especially my teammates. I have learned how to support, be supported and empathize with other people. Although track is a very individual sport, there is nothing better than teamwork, and pursuing the same goal, like winning a championship. The bonds and friends that I have made while playing sports are unforgettable.

In 1900, women were first allowed to compete in the Olympics. Although that was a century ago, what a wonderful moment! There is nothing better than watching the world unite for two weeks; everyone pursuing the same goal in unity and fraternity. Allowing women to compete gives other females, all over the world, a chance to see strong women pursuing athletics in a professional capacity. As women’s participation in the Olympics and sports in general continues to grow, hopefully more young women will be inspired to pursue their athletic dreams as well.