Cierra Runge: Going the Distance

Cierra Runge went into the Pan Pacific Championships hoping the combination of two of the best coaches in the sport would help her realize her dream of winning her first senior international medal. Runge's hopes did indeed come to fruition.



Beijing Olympic medalist Caroline Burckle likes this part of the quadrennial. The master’s in sports psychology student at the University of Tennessee won gold at Pan Ams in Rio in 2007 in the 800 free, and gold at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal. She talks about what she saw from the U.S. at Pan Pacs in Australia this time around, what she thinks we might see in Rio, and what her life in academia is really like in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.

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