Ashley Spencer is an American track and field athlete who competes in the 400 metres and the 400 metres hurdles. In the 400m hurdles, she is the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist. In the 400m, she is the 2012 World Junior Champion and the 2016 World Indoor silver medalist.
At the 2012 World Junior Championships Spencer won gold medals in both the 400 meters and the 4×400 meter relay. At the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Spencer finished third in the 400m. In 2013 World Championships in Moscow she won a gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay, along with Jessica Beard, Natasha Hastings and Francena McCorory.
Spencer won a silver medal in the 400m in 51.77 and a gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. At the Rio Olympics, she won the bronze medal in the 400m hurdles in a personal best time of 53.72 seconds.
In June 2017, Spencer moved into the world all-time top 25 when she improved her 400m hurdles best to 53.11 seconds. She is Professional Sprinter for Nike Athletics and University of Texas at Austin Alum.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar did a candid interview with Ashley Spencer, World Champion 4×400 m relay and Olympic bronze medalist in 400m hurdles where she talks about her workout, diet, hair & skincare, and her success story.
You are the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist. Share how your journey in the world of athletics began?
My journey began at a young age. I was very shy, I was bullied growing up, I had low self-esteem, low confidence. I grew up in a very athletic environment, both of my parents were former high school athletes, my uncle and my aunt had professional careers after college athletics, my older sister and brother did sports growing up so naturally I was athletic at a very young age.
I started playing basketball with my sister at a local church and once we reached high school together, I only played because my sister did. My late grandmother, Joyce Campbell, is the woman who pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone to start running track. I was soon coached by my aunt once I reached high school and the rest is history.
Full interview: https://www.womenfitness.net/ashley-spencer/