It’s time for another fresh start

Point of view: It’s a gloriously sunny day. Not too hot where I’m dripping sweat and my forehead shines from a mile away, but warm enough where the sun just kisses my shoulders and the light breeze fills my lungs refreshingly. I’m waiting at the crosswalk in the city, any…

I left the track in shock, asking myself, “What did I do wrong? Is this really how the story ends?”

I had just competed in the qualifying rounds of the women's triple jump at the Tokyo Olympics. The auto-qualifying mark wasn’t one that I couldn’t have easily done any other year, yet on this day, I was far from it.

No one pursues a dream for a decade and expects…

Ever since I’ve made the Olympic team I’ve had multiple interviews with various magazines, news stations, etc. Eventually, they all come around to the same question.

Interviewers Everywhere: “So, Black person in America, how does it feel to be representing the United States in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics?”

Me, a…

We track and field athletes need better, fairer testing protocols

Sha’Carri Richardson’s failed drug test is at the top of everyone’s mind at the moment. Which is amazing! I have never seen A-list celebrities and politicians support a track athlete the way they are right now… it’s honestly wild.


Photo by Justin Britton

As a competitive track and field athlete, I used to look in the mirror and not recognize what I saw looking back at me. My reflection wasn’t the kind, goofy Tori that many have come to know.

My eyes were hard and unwavering. My demeanor unmoved and unbothered. Tangled deep…

Some days I go into training drained, sore, and with the recurring thought, “I don’t feel like doing this.”

Whether it's Monday, HumpDay, or the last day of the workweek, we all have these thoughts from time to time.

Some people think like this every day because they aren’t working…

Clouds rolled past the airplane window as we began our descent back to Detroit. I pulled my phone from my pocket to see if we were low enough to get reception. …

American Record Holder Tori Franklin. Ware Studios.

Black Bodies.

Black bodies beaten.

Black bodies punched and kicked

Black bodies tased.

Black bodies pulled and dragged.

Black bodies thrown to the ground, against the wall, across the classroom.

Black bodies taken.

Black bodies gone missing.

Black bodies shot.

Black bodies locked up.

Black bodies pinned down.

Black bodies…

Competitions in 2021 are missing part of what makes track and field amazing

2x American Record Holder Tori Franklin preparing for practice
2x American Record Holder Tori Franklin preparing for practice

Any other year I would have been on a track in Morocco, in Paris, or maybe even in Switzerland, orchestrating a crowd of fifty thousand people to clap together to watch me do something amazing. …

Tori Franklin

American Record Holder in Women's Triple Jump. Public Speaker on Mental Health and Dream Chasing. First book, coming soon!

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