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Chelsea Jaensch

Inspired athletes to never give up on their goals, no matter how long they’ve been away from their sport.

Chelsea Jaensch

Inspired athletes to never give up on their goals, no matter how long they’ve been away from their sport.

Who: Chelsea Jaensch, Australian long jumper

The Story: Jaensch may seem like just another athlete striving for Olympic glory in Rio, but her path to get there has been filled with peaks and valleys.

At 19, Jaensch’s long jumping career appeared to be permanently derailed by injury and mental strife. Seven years later, Jaensch would return to the sport she loved, not solely for the thrill of achievement, but for the coping mechanism long jumping and training provided her. 

Jaensch’s ability to dominate her sport after an extended hiatus is impressive, as is her ability to use sports to overcome social anxiety in her personal life. 

“For me, athletics was giving me that confidence boost to open other doors, like how to be social again and how to interact with other people and how to be uncomfortable in situations and be OK.” – Chelsea Jaensch

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05Kelsey Robinson

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09Sam Gordon

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10Chelsea Jaensch

Inspired athletes to never give up on their goals, no matter how long they’ve been away from their sport.

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