Earlier this month, Richards-Ross was introduced as a brand ambassador for the wellness company TechnoGym. At the New York event, she spoke about TechnoGym as well as her Olympics preparation and her career on the track.
Richards-Ross started running as a 7-year-old in Austin, Texas. Over the years, she’s evolved into a world-class athlete. And so has her approach to competing.
Ahead of her gold-medal win in the 400m at the 2012 London Games, she trained relentlessly. But in 2016, she’s taking a different approach.
“I’ve learned from my experiences and this year it’s more about tapering my training to be ready when it counts,” Richards-Ross says. “I’m going to be competing a little bit less and training smarter, not harder. I’m super excited to be standing alongside TechnoGym going into what will be the most important games of my career.”
For nearly three weeks before the games begin, Richards Ross and other US athletes will continue their intense training in Brazil.
TechnoGym will also provide more than 1,000 pieces of equipment for all athletes at the Olympics that will furnish the main training center inside the Olympic village. (The company has done this since 2000.)
“Every athlete has a different regimen going into the Olympics,” Richards-Ross says. “Using this equipment is going to help me meet multiple training needs and be more efficient, and hopefully land me on the top of the podium in Rio.”
Another benefit of the partnership with TechnoGym is that with the company’s financial backing, she can focus on training full-time.
Richards-Ross says that many of Olympic athletes need to maintain their full-time job in the weeks and months leading up to the games. But now, she doesn’t have to.
“I’m so grateful for that,” she says. “It’s very tough to have a 9 to 5 and train at the level to be the best in the world.”
The toughest part of her Olympic training, though, might be waiting until the end of the summer to take the track for competition.
“Every year has been different for me and this year it feels right,” she says. “I really hope this will be my swan song and I’ll be able to leave the sport on a high note.”
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