RUNNER

LAUREN FLESHMAN

Birthdate: Sep 16, 1981



 

These days, everyone seems to be a multi-hyphenate. Be they model-actors, chef-author-pilates-instructors, or motivational speaker-athletes, Lauren Fleshman manages to run circles around the best of them. Literally. A self-described tomboy from the heart of California, Fleshman quickly discovered an aptitude for out-running her peers, which catapulted her into a collegiate racing career. The awards and accolades quickly followed: five NCAA Championship titles, two USA Championships, a contributing editorship for Runner’s World Magazine, and a stint coaching other professional athletes. Fleshman also co-founded the energy bar company, Picky Bars. You might logically assume the woman who finished seventh in the world as a runner would be on the fast track to Olympic glory. However, a twist of fate (and a myriad of injuries) landed Fleshman on the couch. It was the kind of defeat that could send even most hardened athlete into a fit of tears. Instead, Fleshman harnessed her trademark positivity and ambition to heal, get up, and fight her way back to the top—just in time to compete for the gold.

eu