Anne Audain is a true running legend.
She’s a former world record holder and a member of the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame. A native of New Zealand, she’s a four-time Olympian who dominated in every distance, from 800 meters to the marathon.
However, she wasn’t exactly what you would call a natural. She was an orphan born with severe born deformities in both feet and couldn’t walk correctly until she underwent reconstructive surgery at the age of 13. From then on, she was running.
In fact, just three years later, she qualified for the 1972 Munich Olympics in the 1500 meters.
Anne looks back on her childhood surgery and the unconventional — and painful — rehab idea her doctors came up with that she now credits with her later running success.
Plus, she reflects on the controversial 1981 race hosted by Nike’s Phil Knight that she won, and in the process, earned her a lifetime ban from running. She explains how it ultimately led to a lot of changes in the sport and the Olympics and why she was tired of seeing all of her male counterparts get paid when she wasn’t.
Click here to visit her website and watch the trailer for the documentary, “Anne Audain, Running Her Way.”