A Theory of Relativity
by Tianna Bartoletta on December 14th, 2017
Confession: the other day I saw a video of an athlete saying how hard their 2017 was after they accepted an "athlete of the year" award. I rolled my eyes. A response for which I am not proud of at all.  Because typically, I possess atypical levels of empathy for others. But I was caught up in how hard MY year was so I was temporarily blinded by the idea that someone else would/could think ...  Read More
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Off Season...On Purpose
by Tianna Bartoletta on November 10th, 2017
Saturday I return to work. Which means I return to Europe. And on the one hand I know it’s time to go, and on the other I look back on my offseason and wonder… Did I Use my time Wisely? It’s funny because once a global championship ends you can hear athletes talking about all of their off season plans. The reality of the matter is most of us…really just want to sleep, In our own beds, Wit...  Read More
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Notes on a Scandal
by Tianna Bartoletta on September 25th, 2017
My position on protests during the national anthem is nuanced. But there are those that believe this is a black and white issue both literally and metaphorically.I disagree.This has more shades of grey than an E. L. James novel.I support the right for anyone to peacefully protest anything in whatever manner suits their conscience.Personally, I sing the national anthem and I am fully aware of the l...  Read More
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TB University: No Vaseline...The Athlete/Agent Relationship
by Tianna Bartoletta on September 25th, 2017
So, last "class" we talked about "going pro," how to do it, what that means. I mentioned briefly that even without the coveted salaried endorsement deals you and your agent can still put together a solid competition schedule every season that can net you a pretty decent income.So let's talk about that.Let's talk agents...(also referred to as managers. I may use this term interchangeably throughout...  Read More
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Wait...What about Ellis?
by Tianna Bartoletta on September 25th, 2017
Some say athletes should just stay in their lanes.As if life doesn't happen to them...simply because they make their living "playing a game"As if life doesn't happen to them...Outside the field of play...That the only thing of value in their lives are the minutes counted by the play clock or the seconds captured by the stop watch.As if wearing the American Flag is nothing more than a patch that ac...  Read More
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TB University: Levels...
by Tianna Bartoletta on September 18th, 2017
I have to be honest. Being a professional track and field athlete wasn’t on my radar until I got to the University of Tennessee and my teammate Dee Dee Trotter had made the Olympic team in 2004. There was a lot of talk that she would “turn pro” and run for Adidas. That was the first time I realized there was a level of track and field participation beyond college.But I wasn’t interested.I mean, I ...  Read More
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So...Who Dies?
by Tianna Bartoletta on September 15th, 2017
Have you seen the movie, The Ten Commandments (Cecile B. DeMille) The one with Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner? I’ve seen it a million times, my parents introduced me to it as a way to give me a visual image of the story of Moses, plus I think my mom had a celebrity crush on Charlton Heston. I never complained, even with the 220 minute run time I could have stared at Yul Brynner as Pharaoh for ano...  Read More
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A Tale of Two Tb's
by Tianna Bartoletta on September 4th, 2017
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…” For a final exam in one of my high school English clas...  Read More
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Take It From Here
by Tianna Bartoletta on August 30th, 2017
I’ve been thinking. And also trying not to. And failing pretty miserably at the latter.  As most of you are aware by now I have an interesting, periodically tragic, often triumphant, and altogether exhausting life story… So far. Several people have asked why I decided to share what I did in my Instagram post after the IAAF World Championship long jump final.  Here’s the answer: I share...  Read More
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Clipped Wings
by Tianna Bartoletta on August 19th, 2017
I am.If this were jeopardy, and “I am” was the answer then the question would be this: “Who is Team USA’s best leadoff leg in recent history?”Answer: I am.I’m not trying to be cocky or arrogant it’s not actually my style. But like Liam Neeson a la “Taken” I do possess a particular set of skills…Those skills include my ability to use geometry, physics, adrenaline, and pure savagery to destroy the s...  Read More
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