In her debut performance representing the United States at the World Championship Cross Country Meet in Japan, Sharon Thompson raced to a 59th place finish in the 8k clocking a 27:54 on the wind swept shores of Japan.
Having represented the United States before in international competition both in Europe and Asia, Sharon is no stranger to the hardships of international travel, time changes, food adjustments, and fierce competition. However, as a new comer on center stage of the vaulted World Championships this experience will surely develop her further as she makes a bid to make the US Olympic Team in 2008 in the 10,000 meter run.
Unfazed by the rigors of trying to ascend to the pinnacle in her sport she attacks every challenge with unrelenting, mind numbing, determination until she achieves her goal. One of her favorite quotes is âIf the load is too heavy for you it is just right for me.â This appropriately shares the mental toughness one must have to be a success in life. Long ago she understood that some people may have more talent or nature gifts in running or other things but that NO ONE would out work her and thus she would beat almost anyone in her path because mental toughness and hard work beats talent all day long.
Good job Sharon! Keep up the hard work. We all are cheering for you and know you are on your way to bigger and better things!