Olympic gold medalist and TrueSport Ambassador DeeDee Trotter shares the story of how she started to take accountability for her actions as an athlete…and never false-started in a race again!
When I was a little track runner back in the day, I actually had a incident where I false started in a race, and I had actually never false started in a race in my entire life. That mistake probably came from the fact that I was doing a little bit too much off the track, and I should have been doing more on the track. Having fun, doing a little extra activities here and there, that really weren’t beneficial to me.
When I false started, I went through the roof. I blamed everybody. I blamed my mama. I blamed my coach, everybody’s fault but mine. “Oh, no. If I false started, it’s because they did this. The starter was too fast. He didn’t tell me.” I had a lot of people to blame when I false started, but there was nobody to blame but myself. Had I been doing what I was supposed to do to prepare for the race, that wouldn’t have happened.
I wouldn’t have been distracted. I wouldn’t have lost focus. I would have been able to get out there and do what I was supposed to do to reach my goal. So I had to take accountability for my own actions and in doing so, I never false started again in my entire career. Since then, I have never false started. That’s 11 years of competition. Hey, it’s never easy to look yourself in the mirror and say, “It was my fault,” but a real true sport athlete takes responsibility and holds themselves accountable.