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Lauren Brzozowski

Bobsleigh

Team USA Bobsled & Skeleton

175 cm | 74 kg

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You were a track and field athlete initially, but you switched to bobsleigh. Can you tell us how the switch happened?

Yes, track was my game. I was a Division One track athlete at Elon University as an undergraduate, and I went to Loughborough University, the No. 1 sports university in the UK.

I was on the right track because I ended up representing this school nationally and won a gold medal at the BUCS Indoor Championship in the 4x200 relay as the anchor leg.

Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic, the dream was put on hold. Everything stopped, and I had 24 hours to choose whether to return to the US. I decided to return and through a friend, I was introduced to bobsled and that's how I became a bobsledder.

That sounds like a tough experience switching to another sport. How do you motivate yourself?

If the question is how I stay motivated my answer would be: “I don’t.” That may sound shocking but I say that because I understand that motivational speeches can only keep you in the game for so long.

When my motivation runs out I have to rely on discipline to get the job done. So when I don’t like the workout, I admit it, but I do it anyway. And when I’m feeling the burn, I yell or grunt sometimes. And when I need a longer rest, I take it and then handle that last rep.

The point is that it is OK to be honest with your journey! In the office or on the track, it’s okay to not be motivated to do the work. But at the end of the day, that’s how hard things get done. So be sure to stay tuned into “why” you are working so hard for the outcome you want.

You made the development team at the Team USA Bobsled & Skeleton, which is a great achievement given your recent switch to the sport. What are your strengths and weaknesses as an athlete?

My strength as an athlete has always been resilience. I have had so many setbacks as an athlete and yet I always come back stronger and learn from my failures and mistakes. I believe this ability to be resilient is what separates great athletes from good ones.

My weakness as an athlete comes from a learning disability that makes it hard for me to learn or understand certain concepts. I learn them eventually but only with a lot of patience and extra work. It can be tough and frustrating at times but it helps me not to compare myself to others because I know we are all different and we all have our own strengths and weaknesses.

You had a crash last January. The memory of an accident or injury can limit an athlete’s performance. Do you have a way to overcome such fear?

Yes, I had a pretty bad crash my first time sliding in Lake Placid. I didn’t know at the time, but after this crash I had two fractures in my back and an intercostal strain.

At first, I didn’t even know what caused the crash. I just remember hitting my head very hard, waking up on my side and then being so out of it that a medic pulled me aside to assess me. It was then that I did something I never ever did growing up as an athlete. I pulled myself out of the game. The pain was just so real.

I worked hard to eat, sleep and recover right in order to get back in that sled and have a clean run. What helped me overcome this accident was going back through the video to understand what happened. I even asked other pilots for help in understanding how to handle the turn I crashed off of.

I think the moral of the story is that it is okay to take yourself out of the game, but just be sure that when you go back in it is for the right reasons and you know you are ready.

Tell us what you think about WaveWear. Do you have a favorite WaveWear product?

Even as a track athlete, I was known for wearing compression sleeves. I went from shin to arm sleeves and now full-body compression wear thanks to WaveWear.

As someone who loves compression wear because it enables blood flow to circulate quicker to the heart and ultimately help your injuries heal quicker, I love that WaveWear combines this with kinesiology tape! To have the support for my body, less pain and swelling, and better athletic performance has been such a game-changer.

My favorite WaveWear product is the Y20 compression leggings. Every time I train in them I feel very supported and my legs feel much better to the point where I can get the most out of my workouts. I feel so confident in the L20 leggings that I wore them to my first ever practice in the new ice house over in Lake Placid! As always, I had a great session and can’t wait to keep training with WaveWear products.

You are an athlete, but also a student. What are you studying and what is your goal or dream after winning that gold medal?

I just finished my Master's course at Loughborough University where I studied marketing! I want to use the marketing knowledge to help the athletes that come after me find an easier path towards reaching their athletic dreams.

As for the medals, I like to think that I can medal as long as I work hard and stay true to myself as an athlete, a team member, and a student of the sport. Having said that, the goal has always been the same for me.

I wish to rise up as the underdog I have always been and try to share the journey and the dream with those who also never wanted to give up on their dreams. I also hope to inspire not only myself but those around me in everything that I do.

Lauren Brzozowski, Team USA Bobsled & Skeleton

Development Team Pilot at Team USA Bobsled & Skeleton

LAUREN'S ITEMS

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Lauren Brzozowski

Bobsleigh

Team USA Bobsled & Skeleton

175cm | 74 kg

You were a track and field athlete initially, but you switched to bobsleigh. Can you tell us how the switch happened?

Yes, track was my game. I was a Division One track athlete at Elon University as an undergraduate, and I went to Loughborough University, the No. 1 sports university in the UK.

I was on the right track because I ended up representing this school nationally and won a gold medal at the BUCS Indoor Championship in the 4×200 relay as the anchor leg.

Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic, the dream was put on hold. Everything stopped, and I had 24 hours to choose whether to return to the US. I decided to return and through a friend, I was introduced to bobsled and that's how I became a bobsledder.

That sounds like a tough experience switching to another sport. How do you motivate yourself?

If the question is how I stay motivated my answer would be: “I don’t.” That may sound shocking but I say that because I understand that motivational speeches can only keep you in the game for so long.

When my motivation runs out I have to rely on discipline to get the job done. So when I don’t like the workout, I admit it, but I do it anyway. And when I’m feeling the burn, I yell or grunt sometimes. And when I need a longer rest, I take it and then handle that last rep.

The point is that it is OK to be honest with your journey! In the office or on the track, it’s okay to not be motivated to do the work. But at the end of the day, that’s how hard things get done. So be sure to stay tuned into “why” you are working so hard for the outcome you want.

You made the development team at the Team USA Bobsled & Skeleton, which is a great achievement given your recent switch to the sport. What are your strengths and weaknesses as an athlete?

My strength as an athlete has always been resilience. I have had so many setbacks as an athlete and yet I always come back stronger and learn from my failures and mistakes. I believe this ability to be resilient is what separates great athletes from good ones.

My weakness as an athlete comes from a learning disability that makes it hard for me to learn or understand certain concepts. I learn them eventually but only with a lot of patience and extra work. It can be tough and frustrating at times but it helps me not to compare myself to others because I know we are all different and we all have our own strengths and weaknesses.

You had a crash last January. The memory of an accident or injury can limit an athlete’s performance. Do you have a way to overcome such fear?

Yes, I had a pretty bad crash my first time sliding in Lake Placid. I didn’t know at the time, but after this crash I had two fractures in my back and an intercostal strain.

At first, I didn’t even know what caused the crash. I just remember hitting my head very hard, waking up on my side and then being so out of it that a medic pulled me aside to assess me. It was then that I did something I never ever did growing up as an athlete. I pulled myself out of the game. The pain was just so real.

I worked hard to eat, sleep and recover right in order to get back in that sled and have a clean run. What helped me overcome this accident was going back through the video to understand what happened. I even asked other pilots for help in understanding how to handle the turn I crashed off of.

I think the moral of the story is that it is okay to take yourself out of the game, but just be sure that when you go back in it is for the right reasons and you know you are ready.

Tell us what you think about WaveWear. Do you have a favorite WaveWear product?

Even as a track athlete, I was known for wearing compression sleeves. I went from shin to arm sleeves and now full-body compression wear thanks to WaveWear.

As someone who loves compression wear because it enables blood flow to circulate quicker to the heart and ultimately help your injuries heal quicker, I love that WaveWear combines this with kinesiology tape! To have the support for my body, less pain and swelling, and better athletic performance has been such a game-changer.

My favorite WaveWear product is the Y20 compression leggings. Every time I train in them I feel very supported and my legs feel much better to the point where I can get the most out of my workouts. I feel so confident in the L20 leggings that I wore them to my first ever practice in the new ice house over in Lake Placid! As always, I had a great session and can’t wait to keep training with WaveWear products.

You are an athlete, but also a student. What are you studying and what is your goal or dream after winning that gold medal?

I just finished my Master's course at Loughborough University where I studied marketing! I want to use the marketing knowledge to help the athletes that come after me find an easier path towards reaching their athletic dreams.

As for the medals, I like to think that I can medal as long as I work hard and stay true to myself as an athlete, a team member, and a student of the sport. Having said that, the goal has always been the same for me.

I wish to rise up as the underdog I have always been and try to share the journey and the dream with those who also never wanted to give up on their dreams. I also hope to inspire not only myself but those around me in everything that I do.

Lauren Brzozowski
US Bobsled & Skeleton

LAUREN'S ITEMS

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Athletic Leggings Y20
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