Olympic Medalist Shares Success With Her Kids

Lashinda Demus proves that having a family is not a hurdle to achieving your dreams.


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Age and Event: 32, Hurdler

Children: Twin boys Dontay and Duaine, 7

Pre-Kids: Ranked top 400-meter hurdler in the world

Post-Kids: American record and Olympic silver medal in 2012, bronze medal at 2013 world championships in Moscow

Now: Still competing, blogs at and started the Lashinda Demus Foundation to support youth running.

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She Says: “Like many women, I’d always wanted a family, but I also wanted a fantastic athletic career. Once I came to the realization that both dreams were happening simultaneously, I never separated the two or chose to give up one for the other. My career and my family are within my one and only life journey.”

Fun Fact: During the final of the 400m hurdle at the London Olympics, Demus could hear her sons yelling, “Go, Mommy, go!”