Former Bison lives Olympic Dream: Part 2St. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - Amanda Thieschafer-Smock reached the pinnacle of college track during her time at NDSU, a national champ three times over, a 13-time All-American, but as it turns out, her track career hadn't really started.
By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
St. Paul, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Amanda Thieschafer-Smock reached the pinnacle of college track during her time at NDSU, a national champ three times over, a 13-time All-American, but as it turns out, her track career hadn't really started.
Smock's road to the Olympic Games in London really began when she left Fargo. Jody Norstedt with part two of his story with the only American in the Triple Jump.
Amanda Smock has always had a leg up on the competition. Or in her case two legs. In high school the Melrose native was a state champion in the long jump and triple jump. Her next leap was 140 miles west on the interstate to the campus of North Dakota State.
Thieschafer-Smock, Olympics Participant: “The coaching staff for one is something I clicked well with. They were really confident style and I felt their belief in their athletes and their ability to get their athletes to improve was something that was really appealing to me.”
While, her decorated collegiate career with the Bison, that included 3 national championships with NDSU finished in 2004. Her passion for the sport was just taking off.
Thiescafer-Smock: “I really had a feeling that I wasn't quite ready to be done and that feeling still hasn't left me.”
Smock's success didn't stop after college, she finished 5th at the 2008 Olympic trials, and went on to win a U.S. National Championship last summer.
From that point on she trained even harder for a shot at the Olympics. She even took a sabbatical from her job, in order to give an all-out effort for London.
Thiescafer-Smock: “I think that was a big piece to my success this year and just to be able to focus on this goal and put everything I have geared toward this.”
It all paid off, Amanda jumped 45 feet, 9 inches at last month's U.S. Olympic trials, the only American triple jumper to surpass the Olympic qualifying standard. But, in London the competition will only get tougher, which has her thinking realistically about expectations.
Thiescafer-Smock: “I mean I would love to medal. I would be thrilled. So, yes in that sense it does, but if I can walk out of the stadium that day knowing that I had a best performance, a better performance than I have ever had before, and feel like I did everything I could on that day to do the best I could. I can walk out of there feeling great.”
Just like she has so many times before.
Smock marches in the Opening Ceremony Friday, she begins competition on August 3rd.