How did you get started in this amazing sport?
The idea was introduced to me freshman year in college during Track season by one of the coaches. He stated that I would be a great candidate for the sport taking note on how fast I was and most importantly how powerful I was, since I was heavier than your average sprinter. Apparently these were all great qualities for bobsled brakeman. Although it sounded interesting I was not
interested. The thought went in one ear and out the other.
After I graduated in May 2011 and completed all of my collegiate eligibility, a coach from the USA Bobsled committee contacted me inviting me to a combine that I did not attend because I still was not sure about it. Throughout the year I got a few emails asking if I was still interested – checking in on me. But it was not until August 2012 that I really sat back and thought about it more and said to myself, “why not?” I dropped everything and, began training for a few weeks before moving out to Lake Placid, New York to try out for the team. It was a pure leaf of faith.
What’s a typical day of training for you?
Long….consisting of three training sessions, weight training , speed training, and sliding session on ice.
Whats your favorite type of work out?
I enjoy a low impact work out like a pool work out. It takes away a lot of the stress and pain that as a bobsledder (or athlete) that I am constantly putting on my body. More specifically, my knees and back feel the most impact from sprinting a lot and from the awkward position I’m in as a brakeman in the back of a sled. It’s easy on the body but an amazing way to work out.
Healthy go-to snacks and/or meals?
Raw almonds by Blue Diamond, Jiffy peanut butter and apples/ bananas, protein shakes, and spinach leaves with cottage cheese, pineapples slices and cucumbers.
What’s your motto for staying healthy and fit?
Occasionally, I love to indulge in unhealthy snacks! So…when I want to grab a Snickers and/or a slurpee, I say to myself, ” a moment on the lips, is a life time on the hips” I really like this phrase/ motto. It’s one of my fave mantras that acts as a reminder to help me stay healthy and fit!
Thanks Cherrelle! xx
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