Title: Past SPIRE Track & Field Ambassador
Long jump and short sprint champion Tianna Bartoletta has joined SPIRE Institute and Academy (IA) as an International Track and Field ambassador. In her new position, the world champion, two-time Olympian and published author will lead programs for SPIRE’s student athletes — virtually as well as during her on-campus visits.
I believe every experience — positive or negative — shapes us into a better version of ourselves. With the right mindset, circumstance can be a powerful teacher that enables our growth, refines our character, and makes us stronger. I find purpose in the struggle and am dedicated to a life of betterment through resiliency and empathy. My position as a SPIRE ambassador will give me the opportunity to share that philosophy.
– Tianna Bartoletta
Tianna Bartoletta attended Ohio public schools, including Elyria High School. She earned a spot on the 2003 USA TODAY All-USA High School Girls Track Team, becoming only the third athlete in Ohio history to win four events at a state championship meet two years in a row. In both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, she led the US team to gold in the 4 x 100m relays, taking her third gold in 2016 with a personal best in the long jump. She attended the University of Tennessee where she holds the record for best all-time mark of 6.89m in the outdoor long jump.Back to Leadership