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Nia Ali, athlete and mom

Nia Ali, athlete and mom

Nia Ali, athlete, and mom

In Zurich 2023, the Weltklasse sponsor, UBS, staged an event in which Nia Ali and her partner André de Grasse discussed family life in a household of two elite track athletes.

Nia said that 2016 had been a very special year for her.  In 2015, her son, Titus, was born, and she had competed only once – indoors in December.  In 2016, she won the World Indoors (in Portland) and the silver medal at the Rio Olympics.  The Olympic medal was particularly satisfying “because it was the Olympics, and that was my first outdoor medal.  I had celebrated the World Indoors with Titus, who was my firstborn. Rio was my first time getting an outdoor medal because I was previously known as an indoor specialist. So to come back 15 months after having Titus and get that medal – as well at the Olympic Games- was just like the starting point of something really big for me”.

Nia Ali, 100m hurdle champ, Mom of 3, USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Hayward Field, University of Oregon, July 6-10, 2023, photo by Kevin Morris

In terms of managing life, now with a second child, she explained: “I think for us, I always say, a lot of compartmentalization like we’re here right now [September 2023], and this is one of the most challenging times just because school has started back. So, even on the weekend of Worlds, I had to spread out my days and map out my week according to when I would talk to teachers.

She talked about her and André working together like any couple, recognizing when the other one “needed space to just solely focus on themselves, just even if it’s for maybe a few hours or so, just giving each other that space so we can perform at  60% or 40% to meet each other to be at 100% for the children and for our athletics. It has just been a process of figuring all of that out.”

Nia Ali, USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Hayward Field, University of Oregon, July 6-10, 2023, by Kevin Morris

She also talked about how it varied according to the time of the year, with the fall mainly being spent getting the kids ready for school, getting their routine back, and before beginning to prepare their own minds for a new season so that by the time they needed to be fully focused on training, the kids were in their routine.

Where possible, the kids travel with them to events and get an insight into their professional lives. As Nia says, ” We kind of excite them, like, hey, you know, we train really hard, we…

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