Team USA’s Chaunte Lowe Talks With KDLT From Rio

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are underway.

Three-time U.S. Olympian, Chaunte Lowe, is looking to bring home the gold in the high jump. Qualifications take place  August 18.

She’s also mentoring 15-year-old Tia Jones who has already set national and junior records, and has her sights set on Tokyo in 2020.

Thanks to TD Ameritrade, Chaunte is passing along important advice for staying focused and setting long-term goals off the track.

Both Chaunte and Tia joined Kevin Hurd via satellite from Rio to talk about their experiences so far.

Lowe says so far the experience in Rio has been great. She has not run into any environmental or health conditions that some have been concerned about.

“I was pleasantly surprised when I got here,” she said.

She is ready for the games.

“I trained really hard and got myself into a good position so I think this might be the time.”

She has also been mentoring 15-year-old Tia Jones through a program set up by TD Ameritrade.

“I thank Chaunte for helping me along the way and learning new information,” Jones said. “I’m looking forward to watching her high jump.”

Mentoring comes easy for Lowe. She says she is a mother of three and has a nurturing personality. Jones has been excited to be part of this mentorship program, which allows up and coming athletes to experience the games before it is their time to shine.

“So when they earn the opportunity, they are ready and prepared,” she said. “I think I have a lot of information that could help Tia, and I hope to be cheering for her when it’s her turn.”

Lowe says staying focused is the key to being successful.

“Athletes don’t sleep well, you’re so excited, you’ve been training so long for something and even in your own head you turn it into something enormous and the pressure can crumble you,” she said. “It’s about me competing against myself and forcing myself to do something I’ve been practicing all year.”

Jones is excited to learn more from Lowe to step up her own chances at representing America in 2020.

“I hope I’m able to bring home the gold for the 2020 Olympics,” she said.

More information about the mentorship program can be found at:

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