Thursday, October 20, 2016



On August 16,2016, ATLANTA-native Chocolate-Covered TEAM USA Sprinter KRISTI CASTLIN won the GOLD MEDAL for the WOMENS 100 METER HURDLES at the 2016 RIO OLYMPICS innRIO De JANEIRO!!!

KRISTI'S victory what just what her entire family had been needing to help them to heal their souls.

'On Dec. 7, 2000, Kristi’s father Rodney Castlin, 36, was murdered while at work. Kristi was just 12 when two men held up the Wingate Inn where her father worked as a night manager, stealing a few hundred dollars and senselessly shooting him in the chest before fleeing the scene, leaving Kristi and her brother Rodney Castlin Jr. without a father.

Rodney’s killer got away with murder for 15 years until he was given three life sentences plus 35 years in prison this past April. To remain nameless, he was convicted by the jury of malice murder, felony murder, and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, two counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Justice was served.
She has since parlayed her athletic passion into another arena, that of GUN CONTROL ADVOCATE, and; she covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine.
Here are some interview interludes:
Please share what you felt the day you won the Olympic Bronze medal.
It was a feeling of relief. I had worked so hard to get to that place in my life. It was also a feeling of exhilaration to be a part of history, U.S. history, Women’s History, Black History. It’s such an amazing feeling. I am so happy to be able to share in the success with my friends and family.
Who were your biggest supporters along the way?
My family has always supported me, and even my social media supporters on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter always messaging me, “Keep up the good work.”
My mom helped me to get settled when I moved to L.A. My brother has always been there for me, encouraging me to be great and do an amazing job. Without my family, I definitely wouldn’t be here today.
What is a typical day like for you now that you’re an Olympic medalist headed for the World Games?
Typically, I wake up at about 7:30 a.m. I was driving about an hour to practice every day. A training day lasts about three-and-a-half hours on the track – hurdling, jumping, running sprints and doing long-distance work. I get a 30-minute break before heading to weight lifting for about two hours.
I go home, take supplements and prepare dinner. It’s a full-time job.
What do you like to eat?
I love Chick-fil-A. When I am trying to get toned and lean, I am an advocate of [going] gluten-free. It boosts my energy levels and makes me more tone, lean and fit. I am a big fan of juicing. I have low iron so I figured out some different juices using beets and ginger to give me the energy I need to be a world-class athlete.
Your mom shared that you are raising awareness against gun violence.
I am definitely a big advocate for gun control laws. I lost my father to gun violence. Even at the U.S. Trials, I spoke up for victims and families of gun violence. When you lose a loved one, the pain doesn’t go away a year after or six months after. That’s a pain you deal with your entire life. I think as individuals and families come together, create a bond and share these experiences with one another, we can help each other go on, be prosperous and be successful.
I use my platform as an Olympian now to bring awareness. I did the ESPN town hall on gun violence. I spent time in Chicago. I went to the White House to do a town hall with Valerie Jarrett [Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama administration] about gun violence.
It’s definitely an issue that’s near and close to my heart. I plan to do events and initiatives throughout my career, and the rest of my life to raise awareness.




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