Mar 2 2020

The Amazing Molly Seidel

Her first Marathon. Second place in the Olympic Trials. She’s now heading to the Olympics as part of Team USA.

I don’t know Molly. I first heard about her yesterday when watching a video of the US Olympic Marathon Trials. As I watched her run, I could see both joy and grit on her face.

This is what sportsmanship looks like (Aliphine Tuliamuk cheering on Molly Seidel a few moments after crossing the finish line in first place.)

Molly is incredibly inspirational, not only in this performance but in her return to competitive running. Since I’d never heard of her, the internets helped me learn a lot more about how The Olympic Marathon Trials Are Just the Start of Molly Seidel’s Comeback.

Injuries. Disorded eating. Obsessive compulsive disorder. Two jobs while training. A sacral stress fracture after an event that caused a teammate to say:

“You look like you’re dying,” Seidel remembers her friend saying. “You need to get help.”

The quote from the NYT article that made me smile over and over with inspiration was:

In the hours after her performance, she repeated the same thing a handful of times. “What is happening?” she said, looking upward, shaking her head, struggling to contain the smile stretched across her face.

Molly – count me as a new fan.