Track & Field Pro Dee Dee Trotter Explains How She Stays On Track!

Transitioning from Olympic sprinting sensation to successful model is something that the athletic and beautiful Dee Dee Trotter has had no trouble accomplishing. In the following interview she explains how she does it and much more. Read on.

Article Summary:
  • Dee Dee is the founder of the Test Me I'm Clean charity.
  • She won the Model Search in 2009.
  • She was ranked #6 in the World for 2006 and #7 for 2007.
  • Transitioning from Olympic sprinting sensation to successful model is something that the athletic and beautiful Dee Dee Trotter has had no trouble accomplishing.

    As one of the world's best sprinters - she won a 4x400m relay Gold Medal at the 2004 Olympic Games - Dee Dee has shown she has the athletic abilities necessary to become one of the USA's best ever track and field athletes. As the following interview reveals she appears to have the mental and physical attributes to do just that, and much more.

    Though she has achieved at the highest professional and amateur levels within track and field, Dee Dee aims to again reign victorious, this time at the 2012 Olympics. Along with maximizing her athletic potential to ensure she achieves her Olympic goals, her preparation has given her the added benefit of a healthy, toned and very attractive physique as recently shown to great effect with her Model Search win.

    Dee Dee Aims To Again Reign Victorious, This Time At The 2012 Olympics.
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    Dee Dee Aims To Again Reign Victorious,
    This Time At The 2012 Olympics.

    Photo By Rick Lohre Photography.

    Never one to let an opportunity slide, Dee Dee learned about this Model Search competition the day before entering it: amazingly she had, at the time, been recovering from knee surgery and decided to give modeling a shot a few months prior. Her look, combined with her eloquent manner and intelligence showed the judges she was more than just physically attractive. Now she has her sights sets on a modeling career to run parallel with her sporting aspirations.

    With her major focus being on performance improvement for future athletic endeavors and newfound passion for modeling along with her work for the Test Me I'm Clean (T.M.I.C) charity she founded to bring awareness to doping problems within sport, Dee Dee is one busy person. In the following interview she explains how she is able to coordinate her life to ensure success in all she does.


    Dee Dee Trotter Interview:
    2008 Access Hollywood Interview!

    Dee Dee Trotter sat down with Access Hollywood, talking about preparing for the Beijing Olympics. She also talked about some of her favorite DVDs, guilty pleasures, and celebrities she would like to meet.

    [ Q ] You recently won the Model Search held in conjunction with the 2009 Weider Superstar Seminar. What was your main motivation for entering this contest?

      Last year following the Olympic Games I had to have knee surgery, which unfortunately has taken me out of the 2009 track and field season. Once it became clear that my recovery time was going to go well into the middle of the year, I decided to get out there and try some new things!

      I refused to just sit around all year doing physical therapy when there are so many other things that I could at least try to do. I started looking for modeling opportunities and it just so happened that the day before the model search contest I received an email from a friend of mine telling me about the contest and I told myself I was going to go and give it my best shot!

    I Decided To Get Out There And Try Some New Things!
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    I Decided To Get Out There
    And Try Some New Things!

    Photo By Rick Lohre Photography.

    [ Q ] Do you have any future modeling aspirations? If so, what are these and where would you ultimately like to take your modeling career?

      It would be awesome to have a future career in modeling! It has always been something that I have been interested in doing, especially in the last three or four years.

      I have been doing a little local modeling here and there when I have extra free time and I hope that the blessing of winning this model search will open many doors to opportunities leading to a prosperous modeling career.

    [ Q ] In winning the Model Search competition you showed you had the desired physical attributes needed to meet the judging criteria here. Would you say you are genetically well suited to building a lean, muscular physique or do you work hard for this? What combination of genetics versus hard work has resulted in the body you have?

      Well, I have been an athlete since I was 10 years old: playing basketball, cheerleading and track and field recreationally and four years varsity.

      I believe that my body style is genetic, however to be a world class athlete I have to work hard to achieve a higher level of fitness, which takes training and competing very aggressively 10 months of the year.

    I Have Been An Athlete Since I Was 10 Years Old.
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    I Have Been An Athlete
    Since I Was 10 Years Old.

    Photo By Rick Lohre Photography.

    [ Q ] What of your athletic attributes gave you the edge in your recent Model Search win?

      I would say that because it is my job to be extremely physically fit, which requires me to lead a strict lifestyle, but I also felt that the judges were looking for someone who was well spoken and could be a good representative on more than just a physical level. I think the judges saw that in me.

    ABOUT Dee Dee
    • Represents: USA
    • Age: 26 (Dec. 8, 1982)
    • College: University of Tennessee 2005
    • Hometown: Decatur, Ga.
    • Residence: Knoxville, Tenn.
    • Affiliation: Adidas
    • Coach: Norbert Elliott, J.J. Clark
    • Event: 400m (49.64 PB)

    [ Q ] At what point did you know you had the potential to be one of the USA's best track and field athletes?

      At the 2004 Olympic Games - I was just a junior in college, running for team USA while still a student athlete at the University of Tennessee. I made the Olympic finals in the 400m and it was at that point that I knew I could be and would be one of the best 400m runners in the world.

    [ Q ] What has been your greatest moment in athletics and why?

      The greatest moment in my running career has to be placing third in the 2008 Olympic Trials and making my second Olympic team. The reason that I consider this to be the greatest career moment is because I made it happen with a chipped femur bone in my left knee, an injury that would ultimately fall three days short of allowing me to compete to my potential at the Olympic Games.


    Dee Dee Trotter:
    2008 Olympia Track Trials!

      It took so much hard work to run from April through August with that injury and to be able to make the Olympic team really showed my how strong, tough and great I am. My personal best time in the 400m is 49.64. Going into the trials I ran three high 53-second races back to back, but I was determined to keep trying and I never gave up. That was a moment that I am extremely proud of.

    [ Q ] How do you diet to become ultra lean when preparing for a race?

      I basically try to eat more throughout the day to prepare for a competition. It is really easy to get busy with two practices a day sometimes. You find yourself only eating the basic three meals a day.

      I have to really work hard to bring snacks with me so that I can snack in between meals so as to keep my metabolism going in order to reach my desired race weight. It can sometimes be hard to do because I am already very lean but I always somehow make it happen!

    It Is Really Easy To Get Busy With Two Practices A Day Sometimes.
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    It Is Really Easy To Get Busy
    With Two Practices A Day Sometimes.

    [ Q ] What specifically would you eat throughout the course of a training day?

      I would start out early and practice with a banana or a boost/Ensure then maybe a sandwich for lunch. For dinner, grilled chicken, rice and green beans could be a meal. In between meals maybe sliced apples and a PowerBar. This of course would change day to day.

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    [ Q ] Do you takes sports nutrition supplements? If so, which ones and why?

      I basically take only the basic supplements such as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and multivitamin, etc. I believe that as long as you keep you body supplied with all the natural vitamins it needs and not allow yourself to become deficient, you can achieve optimal results and feel full of natural energy.

    [ Q ] How important is weight training in your program and how often do you incorporate this? As a professional track and field athlete what does weight training do for you specifically?

      Weight training is important for sprinters. Up until about six weeks before a major championship meet we are lifting three days a week focusing mostly on Olympic powerlifts and core strengthening.

      For a sprinter your weight training is designed to give you power to create maximum force to increase your speed and force applied to the ground, which increases your distance traveled on the track.

    Weight Training Is Important For Sprinters.
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    Weight Training Is Important For Sprinters.
    Photo By Rick Lohre Photography.

    [ Q ] Considering the training program necessary to be a top athlete balanced with the demands of everyday life, a disciplined mindset is needed to succeed. How do you structure your life so as to achieve your goals?

      I just have to keep in mind that the sacrifices that I am making in order to be the best at what I do, is only for a short period of time.

      To be the best requires a 24-hour-a-day discipline structure and it can be hard to try and pull yourself away from what may typically seem like everyday life activities such as going to a late night party when you have to train the next day early in the morning.

      Thankfully most of my friends are athletes too so we all have a lot of fun together and take great vacations and party really hard in the off season!

    To Be The Best Requires A 24-Hour-A-Day Discipline Structure.
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    To Be The Best Requires A
    24-Hour-A-Day Discipline Structure.

    Photo By Rick Lohre Photography.

    [ Q ] What motivates you to be the best you can be?

      I'm motivated to be the best that I can be because God has given me such an amazing gift and I refuse to not give him my all at everything I do.

      I am very blessed and I want to make sure I use my talent to the best of my ability, hopefully positively encouraging as many people as I can along the way.

    • 2008 Olympian
    • Gold Medalist, 2004 Olympics, 4x400m relay
    • 2-time World Champion, 4x400m relay (2003, 2007)
    • 2007 USA Champion
    • 2-time USA Indoor Champion (2006, 2007)
    • Ranked #6 in the World for 2006, #7 for 2007
    • 5th, 2004 Olympic Games
    • 5th, 2005 and 2007 World Championships
    • 2004 NCAA Champion

    [ Q ] Describe what it is like for you competing at the pinnacle of amateur sports, The Olympic Games.

      Track and Field is actually a professional sport. The Olympics no longer allow only amateur athletes to compete. Being a professional athlete and achieving the ultimate success of a gold medal is amazing!

      Before my career is over I would like to do it again and this time hopefully in my individual event: the 400m. Representing my country is one of the proudest moments in my life. It is truly a blessing.

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    [ Q ] You founded Test Me I'm Clean, a charity dedicated to combating performance enhancing drug abuse. What initially prompted you to do this?

      I started (T.M.I.C) because as hard as I work everyday to be one of the top athletes in the world in track and field, I refused to let myself be stereotyped and categorized as just another athlete that uses steroids.

      So I guess you could say that I came up with the concept as a way to speak out for me, but once I started doing research on steroids, I found out that it was a growing problem in high school and middle school athletes. I was determined to make the program about educating and inspiring the kids.

    [ Q ] How successful has this charity been so far?

      The program is still new as I only started it in 2007 and it is doing very well, not just in the U.S. but people all over Europe and Asia are supporting Test Me I'm Clean which was something I thought would take many years to do.

      I guess it is fair to say I have reached some of the goals I had for my organization earlier than I projected. I would like to think that in 10 years time the program will be acting as an annual school event just like the long running D.A.R.E. program, and being incorporated into schools all over the country.

    People All Over Europe And Asia Are Supporting Test Me I'm Clean.
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    People All Over Europe And Asia
    Are Supporting Test Me I'm Clean.

    Photo By Rick Lohre Photography.

    [ Q ] Why did you choose to be a natural athlete and how do you think this has benefited you?

      I choose to be clean because I know that I don't have to cheat to be the best and I am confident of that. Also I would never want to be known as a disgrace or a disappointment to my fans or to my country.

      I take my job as a role model more seriously that my running career. Not using is a benefit that ensures that I am not directly endangering my health or destroying my reputation: two things that I am not ever willing to sacrifice.

    [ Q ] What are your current sporting goals and how will you achieve these?

      My current goal is to get back my health and have a successful rehabbing year.

      Once I can get back on the track I will work my hardest to make the next Olympic team in 2012 and, God willing, be able to take my place at the top of the podium, securing an individual Olympic Gold.

    I Will Work To Take My Place At The Top Of The Podium.
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    I Will Work To Take My
    Place At The Top Of The Podium.

    [ Q ] What words of advice would you give someone who wishes to become the best at what they do, but has not yet achieved what they set out to accomplish?

      I have not yet reached the level of success or accomplishment in track that I would like to achieve, so as I tell myself everyday, "Keep trying and never give up until you have given it all you've got or you reach your goal". Never quit!

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