• Francie Larrieu Smith
    Francie Larrieu Smith

This month, millions of people around the world will tune in to the 2018 Olympic Games held in PyeongChang, South Korea. For three weeks, they’ll cheer, cry, and hold their breath as they watch thousands of men and women competing on the world’s greatest athletic stage. Many will wonder what it takes to be an Olympic athlete.

Southwestern University’s head coach of Cross Country and Track and Field, Francie Larrieu Smith, knows a little something about that–she made the 1972, 1976, 1980, 1988, and 1992 Olympic teams. Francie spent decades chasing her Olympic ambitions and drills down what it’s like to be on top.

Read more of Francie’s story in February’s Georgetown View.

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