Getting to Know: Brittney Reese

Long jumper Brittney Reese won her first gold medal this summer in London, following her four World Championship wins since 2009. The Gulfport, Mississippi, native graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2008. We caught up with Brittney at the 33 Annual Salute in October, where she shared some things about her life outside of the pit.

1. If you could be an Olympian/Paralympian/World Champion/Professional athlete in any other sport than your own, what sport would that be?


2. Who is your hero? In ten words or less, tell us why.

My mother. She is a strong woman and regardless of being a single mother, she made sure me and my sisters never wanted for anything.

3. You’ve just finished your biggest competition of the year. With what food or dessert do you reward yourself for all your hard work and training?

Ice cream

4. Everyone has that one song on their iPod that they would be embarrassed to share. What is yours?

The Climb – Miley Cyrus

5. What advice would you give to your 14-year-old self?

Anything is possible!

6. There is a fire blazing inside your house. What one item do you grab to take with you?

My iPad

7. What quote do you live by?

With God, all things are possible.

8. What is the hardest workout you’ve ever completed?

6 x 200 with 2 minutes rest.

9. Scariest moment in your career? Most thrilling/rewarding/proudest moment in your career?

Scariest: Over-rotating in a meet in Sweden and falling face first into the pit.
Proudest: Winning gold at the 2012 Olympics

10. You’re allowed to spend one day as your favorite television character of all-time. Who are you?


11. When did you realize you had extra-special athletic abilities?

High School

12. If you could travel back in time, what one event in sports history would you want to witness? How about general history?

Watching Jackie Joyner-Kersee win her first Olympic medal.

13. What is the best thing about being an accomplished, elite athlete? The worst?

Being able to help others succeed.

14. Top three things on your bucket list?

Swim with dolphins.
Go to an opera.
Meet Michael Jordan.

15. Favorite thing about your sport. Favorite thing about being a female athlete?

Jumping! And being able to beat some men.

16. If you could solve a social issue, what issue/need/concern would it be?

Bullying or self-esteem issues

17. Complete this sentence: “The Women’s Sports Foundation is important because:”

It helps us recognize all the great women who participate in sports.

18. What’s your next goal in sports, in life?

To break the world record.

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