“I had a lot of sacrifices when I started early, and now as a mother I sacrifice mostly my sleep,” she said.
It should come as no surprise that, when a bus ride to her training last week dragged, she began working out on the bus. She documented the session on her Twitter account, her tank top tugged up to reveal her shredded abs.
She has already experienced triumph in Rio. Earlier in her stay, Aurora went to her first day of mainstream kindergarten after having placed out of a special-needs program.
Training for the Olympics while raising three children is “really difficult, but we make sure to have a lot of fun,” Lowe said.
The Thursday preliminaries and the Saturday final will be the end product of her sacrifice and determination.
She enters the meet with the best jump of the year (2.01 meters, or 6’7 ½”), achieved at the U.S. Trials in July. Two main rivals, Russians Anna Chicherova (2012 gold medalist) and Maria Kuchina (2015 world champion) will not compete due to the ban on Russian track and field athletes after findings of widespread doping in the country’s athletics program. A chief competitor is American Vashti Cunningham, the world indoor champion earlier this year and the daughter of NFL great Randall Cunningham.
Lowe’s career needs no vindication, but she is locked in on a spot on the medal podium. She failed to reach the final in 2004 and finished sixth in 2008 and 2012.
“I think if she really lets her experience take over at the Games, she’ll medal,” Page said. “I think that she has a chance at the gold equal or better than anybody there.”