Episode 385: Kendall Ellis – Olympic Medalist Training for the World Championships this Summer

Kendall Ellis made her first Olympic team last year where she won the bronze in the Mixed Gender 4×4 and a gold medal in the Women’s 4×4 relay. She also finished 4th in the open 400m at the trials so she barely missed making it as and individual in the 400m. Kendall also has a gold medal in the 4×4 at the 2019 and 2017 World Championships. She ran for USC where she was a 3-time NCAA champion and 14-time All-American. She is training hard now for the world championships this summer.


Right around the time we recorded this podcast, she was part of the world’s fastest indoor distance medley relay team ever. 

I really enjoyed getting to know Kendall and I am really excited to cheer for her in future track events!

What we talked about:

3:15- Introduction to Kendall

4:35- How she is feeling training for the world championships coming off of her first Olympic team last year

6:15- How Kendall got into running

10:30- How her parents encouraged her in sports

12:25- The decision to go to USC

15:50- Her mindset around going professional

17:40- Anxiety that she has surrounding track and field

19:55- Following different levels of the sport

22:25- The viral moment of winning the USC 4×4 as the anchor

27:15- What training looks like for an Olympic level 400m runner

34:40- Being sponsored by New Balance

38:30- Placing 4th at the Olympic Trials last summer and her Olympic experience

51:10- Her love for reading

52:55- Biggest lesson that she learned from her Olympic experience

54:45- Partnering with Parity Now

55:10- What she plans to do after competing professionally

57:30- End of podcast questions

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