Gabby Thomas ’15

2020 Olympic medalist, professional runner, and epidemiology student at UT-Austin

What advice would you give to a girl graduating from Williston today?   

Do things that scare you. You can’t change the world by playing it safe. And it’s never too late to change your mind.

Tell us about a woman who is your hero and why?

Serena Williams. She is the epitome of hard work. And she hates losing, so we have that in common.

What do you think is next for women in your professional field?

Women are continuing to raise the bar, and as a result, women and girls coming up are pushing ourselves even further. In track and field, marks are getting more competitive, women are succeeding on and off of the track, and standing up for themselves in sport. I think this is a great step for girls who are interesting in athletics, or who look to women in athletics as role models.

What motivates you in your work and life?

I’m motivated by my love for everything. I have found a way to surround myself with teammates that I admire, and I am pursuing a degree in something that I am passionate about (public health).

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Chop wood, carry water. This means committing to doing the work even after you have achieved some success.