(KARK) In the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the U.S. Women’s 4×400 meter relay team was expected to win a bronze medal. They did two better, winning the gold.
On that team was Memphis native Rochelle Stevens, who’s life has changed thanks to that top prize.
“It’s a lot of pressure to perform at that level,” she says. “Holding this was like, ‘Hey this is worth those 2000 crunches that I was doing everyday. This was worth the hour and a half of weight training, doing snatches, cleans, jerks, pull ups, dips, all of that good stuff you got to do in the weightroom. This is worth missing all of those chocolate chip cookies.”
Stevens was one of just 44 gold medal winning Americans in 1996. Twenty years later, she’s staying active with her own health and wellness business and running her own track meet, but her newest adventure has her excited.
“My biggest project that I’m working on, and I haven’t exposed to the world, I’ve been up all night, every night, working on my book. That’s right. Got my book. Rough draft,” she says. “I get to talk about my experiences as an athlete, traveling all over the world, the challenges, the perception to strive for past success.”
The Summer Olympics begin on August 5 and continue through August 21.