12 Tips on Overcoming Heartbreak from Athletes Akiba McKinney, MacKenzie Hill, and Ann Gaffigan
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Akiba McKinney: Overcoming the Heartbreak of an Injury
As a child, Akiba McKinney remembers her step-grandfather betting his neighbors that his step-granddaughter could beat their grandson. Akiba would line up with the boys in the street, race them and win. Her step-grandfather would say, “I told you so!” and reward Akiba with a dollar bill. Now, she is a professional track & field athlete (and two-time national champ in the long jump) and still occasionally dabbles in racing grown men who think they can beat her!
MacKenzie Hill: Overcoming the Heartbreak of the Death of a Loved One
MacKenzie Hill was a high school superstar, setting records and winning championships in track & field on a state and national level. She went on to compete for the UCLA Bruins but did not seem to fit well with the program and was hampered by injuries. She moved away from California to get back on track. In 2008, her best friend and cousin Mickey died unexpectedly. Twelve days later, MacKenzie’s great aunt passed. In the midst of it all, MacKenzie suffered a seizure. Now, she has returned to California and is on a comeback to try to make the 2012 Olympics in the 400m hurdles.
Ann Gaffigan: Overcoming the Heartbreak of Failure
Ann Gaffigan won the steeplechase at the 2004 Olympic Trials, setting a then-American record. Since the steeplechase was not yet an Olympic event for women, she had to wait until 2008 for a chance to make the Olympic team. She did not perform as well as she did in 2004, placing tenth, and way behind the women who qualified to represent Team USA. Because of this experience, she has become an advocate for women’s sports, co-founding WomenTalkSports.com in February 2009.