Teen Track Star Sydney McLaughlin Reflects On Historic Run At Olympic Games

By MileSplit's Johanna Gretschel

Life is back to normal for Sydney McLaughlin, if that's possible for a 17-year-old who made sports history this summer by becoming Team USA's youngest track and field Olympian since 1972.

McLaughlin, who will begin her senior year at Union Catholic High School in New Jersey this fall, was 17 years old when she advanced to the 400m hurdles semifinal round in Rio. At July's U.S. Olympic Trials, she was 16 when she placed third in a new national high school record and world junior (U-20) record of 54.15. She turned 17 a week before the Games.

In an exclusive Skype interview, we chatted about the Olympics, people posing as her on social media (weird), the truth about the McDonald's in the athlete village, and whether or not she'll turn pro. Watch the three-part interview in its entirety, or skip to a specific part by reading the notations below.

Part I:
[0:22] - Sydney on what the future holds, turning pro, college choices 
[1:10] - impressions of the Olympic experience, racing in the stadium, getting sick
[3:31] - on skipping the Olympic Games opening ceremonies to celebrate her birthday
[4:44] - on daily routine at the Olympics
[5:56] - on rooming with Vashti Cunningham, the only other teen on Team USA's track and field team
[6:59] - on expectations for the Olympics
[7:47] - on learning from older athletes

Part II:
[0:03] - on not getting starstruck, meeting Justin Gatlin, sharing a suite with Natasha Hastings
[0:49] - on watching different Olympic sports and her favorite sport to watch
[1:35] - on meeting fellow New Jersey teen Olympian Laurie Hernandez from the U.S. gymnastics team
[2:37] - would she make a good gymnast? Also reveals her secret talents!
[4:07] - on trying new track events in her senior year, cross country, if she might switch to the open 400m

Part III:
[0:01] - on her new fame, on social media, why she decided to bring back her Twitter
[1:12] - on how her parents help her stay grounded, ignore the hype
[2:01] - on food in Brazil, McDonald's in the Olympic Village
[2:56] - on long walks in the Olympic Village, feeling out of her element, Brazilian cereal
[4:05] - the most surprising thing about Brazil
[5:11] - on sight seeing in Rio
[6:13] - on her relationship with brother, Taylor (an All-American hurdler at Michigan) and being jealous of Taylor drinking a coke at end of his season
[7:37] - takeaways from Rio, thoughts on Tokyo 2020

Here are some memorable Instagram moments with Sydney and her fellow Olympians:

Union Catholic track and field alumnus Kevin Mulligan traveled to Rio and made the following video of Sydney's journey:

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Feb. 14 release courtesy of Athletics Canada:

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On this week's episode of the House of Run Jason and Kevin discuss Christian Coleman's world record, Sharika Nelvis's American record, the doubles by Shelby Houlihan and Paul Chelimo and all the other action from the 2018 US Indoor Championships.

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By Taylor Dutch

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By Lincoln Shryack

Texas sprinter Teahna Daniels wasted no time in becoming the fastest woman in Big 12 history. Less than two months into her NCAA career, back in 2016, Daniels won the 60m NCAA crown in 7.11 — the fastest ever by a freshman and then the fourth-best performance in collegiate history. She hadn’t even won a Big 12 title yet, but it was clear that the Longhorn freshman would soon dominate the conference.

The Best Races From The 2017 Big 12 Indoor Championships

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This weekend Ames, Iowa, will play host to the 2018 Big 12 Championship. Like 2017, FloTrack will have live coverage of the meet as teams chase a conference championship and qualifying marks to the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. 

On The Run: NCAA Mile Champion Josh Kerr | Ep. 75

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NCAA mile and 1500m champion Josh Kerr of New Mexico joins Jojo and Kevin to discuss his approach to this weekend’s Mountain West Conference Championships, how his life has changed since he finished second at the Millrose Games, beating Edward Cheserek in the mile, following the collegiate scene growing up in Scotland, and choosing to attend New Mexico before he even visited the school. 

Cas Loxsom On Depression And The Realities Of Chasing The Running Dream

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We caught up with Cas Loxsom at this past weekend's USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque after the American indoor record holder dropped out of his race. 

Josh Kerr, Ednah Kurgat Highlight Mountain West Championships

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