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Like her role model, Joyner-Kersee, Reese now hears the same thing from young girls interested in the sport — that she’s a role model to them. Reese finds it flattering and keeps her advice simple to the generation of jumpers she expects to follow her.

“Track is a technical sport, it’s not just about running and jumping,” Reese said. “It’s a hard sport, but it’s a fun sport. Anything is possible, you just have to put the work in, and believe in yourself.”