my new favorite olympian

My New Favorite Olympian, Episode 2: Track Star Gabby Thomas

In Episode 2 of the new sports podcast “My New Favorite Olympian,” we interview sprinter Gabby Thomas about her other passion — improving health care in the Black community

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Why My New Favorite Olympian is... Gabby Thomas

A select few can say they're a Harvard University graduate. Fewer still can claim to be an Olympian. So it's pretty rarified air to be able to lay claim to both. But that's just who Gabby Thomas is.

Thomas joined NBCLX's Ngozi Ekeledo and Olympic fencing medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad on our podcast "My New Favorite Olympian" to discuss her incredible journey from the Ivy League to the world's greatest athletic stage... the Olympic Games.

Episode Summary

In this episode, Thomas discusses managing both her academic and athletic accomplishments as she focuses on gold in Tokyo. She also recounts how a particular lecture about the Tuskegee Experiment forever changed the course of her studies at Harvard.

Gabby Thomas reacts as she crosses the finish to win the Women 200 Meter Dash during the USATF Golden Games and World Athletics Continental Tour event at the Mt. San Antonio College on May 09, 2021 in Walnut, California.

Quotables

It really changed my life and shaped my time at Harvard, because ever since taking that course, I thought of everything that I was learning kind of in that lens — even wanting to go and work in health care, just making sure that I had that lens and thinking about the perspective of the United States health care system from an African-American perspective, because it is very different. 

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