How did you get into running?

Years after my amputation I had a playful bet with my dad that I could learn to pole vault 6 feet after being a Division I cheerleader at the University of Denver.

What do you like to do outside of running?

I love reading, still do a lot of dancing, and I play the ukulele! 

Favorite Race?

2013 World Championships 100m final - my first big race on the international circuit. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning.

When is your favorite time to run?

We train anywhere from 3-6 hours a day, but I prefer to be out in the morning so I can hopefully get other things taken care of in the grocery store runs!

What connects you to AKTIV Against Cancer?

My situation is unique as I am a professional athlete only because I am a cancer survivor. Moving on with a new body and a changed life was absolutely instrumental in my development not only as a Long Jumper/Sprinter but as a human on a complete level.

Proudest moment in the sport?

Breaking the 17-year old American Long Jump Record at the 2013 US Paralympic National Championships.

Training or Racing tips?

Consistency is key! Once you have made training a part of your lifestyle, it is impulse and before you know it, the results and goals you have set for yourself are achieved. 

Music of choice?

I love a mixture of electronic with hip hop beats - but I REALLY love warming up to Michael Jackson!