Highlights of a live chat with track star Ginnie (Powell) Crawford
Here are highlights of a live chat Wednesday with world-class hurdler Ginnie (Powell) Crawford, who talked about the Olympics, her husband Shawn Crawford and running at Rainier Beach High School.
Q: How did you get turned on by track?
Crawford: I got turned on by track because I was winning. Coming in first does something to you. I was 7 years old when I started. I’ve run every year since then. Haven’t taken any time off unless I’ve had an injury.
I wanted to be like Flo Jo. I had no idea who that was then, but I knew I wanted to be like Flo Jo. My parents always supported me.
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Q: Is there a track title that you cherish?
Crawford: Being a collegiate record holder. … Being able to walk away and say I was the best female hurdler ever in the NCAA. I still haven’t grasped what that means.
Q: Can you talk about your high-school career and growing up in Seattle?
Crawford: I had a great time growing up in Seattle. Hopefully, I’ll be living there again.
As far as high-school track, that was one of the best times of my life. I loved competing in Washington because people don’t always expect fast people to come out of Seattle. I like telling people there is talent up there.
Q: How did you meet your husband? Was it love at first race?
Crawford: Nope, it was not love at first race. I knew who he was, and he won the gold in 2004. But I met him for the first time when he came out to here to train, and I did not care for him. He talks a lot of smack to people — will say things to get under your skin — and our first conversation was one of those. He was talking about the boyfriend I had at the time.
Q: What would winning an Olympic medal mean to you, especially gold?
Crawford: That would symbolize a lifelong dream. I’ve had this dream since I was a child. I’m 28 years old now. Beyond that, it would be a lot of sweat and tears, coming back from injuries, struggle.
Q: My daughter wants to run the hurdles but she is scared of falling or hitting hurdles. Did you have to overcome that fear?
Crawford: I did overcome it, and I still fell. My coach always said that a hurdler isn’t a hurdler until they fall. Every hurdler is going to fall in their career. You might get your knee skinned up a bit.
Q: How much longer do you hope to compete?
Crawford: Until my wheels fall off.
Q: If you couldn’t run track, what would you be doing?
Crawford: I wish I could sing and dance like Beyoncé. I’m a Beyoncé fanatic. Otherwise, I’d probably go into psychology and be a marriage and family therapist.