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Ginnie Crawford is one of Seattle’s most famous daughters, a Track and Field star, wife, Buddhist, and community activist. Yet, during our phone interview, it almost felt like I was talking to one of my more centered girlfriends. Almost.
I knew I was talking to a world class athlete when Ginnie Crawford answered my first question. By the end of our talk, I also learned that Ginnie is someone you’d like to hang out with, catch a movie (must bring her popcorn!) or a watch a reality show together (we almost got into a Real Housewives of Atlanta tangent, but professionalism prevailed!). I was able to catch Crawford in a rare moment of rest and this is what she shared:
iStaycer: You were born and raised in Seattle, but moved to Los Angeles to attend USC and develop into a world class hurdler, can you share your training regimen in preparation for the Olympics just a few weeks away?
Ginnie Crawford: My training has been really good. Track is 110% mental. The physical part is much easier. I work on staying focus, keeping my mind prepared and even being selfish with my time when it comes to family and friends. It is my year!
Crawford’s training involves 2 1/2 hours in the weight room in the morning; treatment; 1 hour snack/recovery time and 2 1/2 hours spent in the track in the afternoon.
iS: You are married to Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Crawford. How much do you two train together, and how do you make time to just be husband and wife?
GC: We train together (they share a coach), but try not to pressure each other. We are respectful of the other’s path in life and of each other’s space.
When not training, the Crawfords go to early movies, out to dinner and just basically hang out enjoying each other’s company. You could almost believe they are just a regular couple. A really fit regular couple!
iS: I know your faith and your ties to the community are very important to you. What role has Buddhism played in your life/career and how has your community outreach kept you grounded over the years?
GC: I see my faith as a part of my daily life. It has helped me overcome many obstacles like past injuries. Faith has made me stronger like “a blooming flower growing out of the swamp”. I also have a passion for working with obese children, teaching them about better snack options, introducing them to coconut water. I feel it is important to influence someone’s life for the better. I believe in reaching higher levels of self-esteem through health, fitness and nutrition programs.
Crawford has a fitness program currently in the works – Ginnie Crawford’s Healthy Lifestyle. She’ll be introducing fitness, recreational sports and healthy living to children at the Rainier Vista Community Center in Seattle, WA.
iS: You are finally healthy and ready to perform at your peak. What are your must-haves or must-do items you are packing with you for track meets?
GC: I’ll be taking all of my Nike gear and shoes, LiftOff Energy Drinks, and my prayers in my suitcase.
I will now be purchasing some new Nikes, obviously!
iS: Finally, Seattle, like any other US city, is ready and proud to adopt their native sons and daughters during the Olympic Games. What do you miss the most when you are not in the beautiful Pacific Northwest?
GC: My family, sliders at Joey’s, and the lake.
Seattle, and the whole country, will be watching as Ginnie Crawford and the rest of Team USA get ready to
All of Seattle will be tuning in to cheer Ginnie as she competes at the USA Olympic Trials from June 21-July 1 in hopes of making it to London. I know who I’ll be rooting for in the 100m Hurdles! You can learn more about Ginnie by visiting her website ginniecrawford.com, or by following her on Twitter @GinnieCrawford. She has promised to still share a little of her Olympic experience with her fans! I do hope next time we catch up with her, we can call her Olympic Gold Medalist Ginnie Crawford. Best of luck!