Mar 9, 2014; Sopot, Poland; Womens 800m gold medalist Chanelle Price (USA), center, poses with silver medalist Angelika Cichocka (POL), left, and bronze medalist Marina Arzamasova (BLR) at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

World champion Chanelle Price says track 'wasn't really fun' in college

Thanks to a remarkable performance in Sopot over the weekend, Chanelle Price is on top of the track world, having won the gold medal in the 800 meters at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

However, as Price explained after her championship performance, she wasn’t always enamored with the sport, citing a stressful collegiate career at the University of Tennessee during which expectations to excel almost became too much for her:

”In college, track wasn’t really fun anymore. Honestly I put a lot of pressure on myself, I was always tense. It just wasn’t fun and I worried about those expectations from what I did in high school too much. I just didn’t go into the races with a clear mind or any confidence. Now I honestly just run for God and don’t really care about what people say. I use the track as my sanctuary and the race as my praise. … that’s how I keep myself sane.”

Considering Price’s gold is the first ever won by an American woman in the event, we’re pretty thankful she decided to stick with running.

[Source: Lets Run]

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