Anyone who watches the Olympic Trials Marathon and knows Olivia Mickle will be hard pressed to not cheer for her. With her big, infectious smile and penchant for goofy socks, Olivia’s positivity shines through everything she does. Salty and I had the pleasure of chatting with Olivia when we were in Jacksonville and we couldn’t wait to tell you all about her!
Originally from Sacramento, California, Olivia ran cross country in high school to get into shape for soccer, but soon discovered a hidden talent that took her to Brown as a collegiate runner. “But I honestly don’t think I became a runner until junior year of college,” she says. “I was injured freshman year, didn’t really know what I was doing sophomore year, and then that summer going into junior year I ran higher mileage and everyone was like, ‘who the heck are you!?’”
She says that was the year she fell in love with running and it showed. In 2013 she ran a 33:29 10k, which set a new Brown record and earned a rank of 16th in the NCAA D1. She also had great success in the 5k, with a PR of 16:21.29. Read more >>