OTC Elite: Bridget Franek Announces Leave of Absence

Bridget Franek (ESPN)
Bridget Franek (ESPN)
Bridget Franek

Oregon Track Club Elite (OTC) star Bridget Franek has announced on her personal blog that she is tacking a leave of absence from the sport effective immediately.

Franek is a middle distance runner and is particularly skilled in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, an event she qualified for and earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She finished 14th overall in the Olympic final.

The 25-year-old graduated from Penn State in 2010 and has been involved in professional track with OTC elite ever since.

Here is Franek’s Blog Post

[gn_quote style=”1″]Immediately after Nationals I was gung-ho to go to Europe and chase a P.R.

Since then, plans have changed.

I’ve decided to hang up the spikes temporarily and take an extended break from the sport.

I am headed back to Oregon for the summer. My soul, my spirit, and my passion need to be recharged.

I am scared, I am nervous, but I am also excited. I did not achieve my running goals this year but I have decided to take this as a new opportunity, a wake up call. I never wanted my personal identity to be defined solely by who I am on the track but in my dedication and intense focus throughout the past 8 years, I realize I have been blocking out a huge portion of myself and life. Its time for me to be reminded again of who I am outside the oval. I love running and competing and I am not ready for this phase of my life to be over, I just want to learn how to incorporate and express my true self through it better. That is my new summer mission.[/gn_quote]

Comment below, like EDN Sports on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @EDN_Sports

Previous Story

Nick Symmonds: Beer Sales, Track Betting and More

Next Story

Food Bank Introduces New Model In Cottage Grove

Latest from Firehose