Hearing Jodie Williams describe the most successful period in her athletics career is an unexpectedly disconcerting experience.
Given the travails she has experienced since the astonishing 151-race, five-year unbeaten streak of her childhood sprint career, it would be easy to assume she longs for a return of what might appear to have been halcyon days. What else could an athlete want than to know they will win every time they set foot on a track?
The truth is far more complicated and – having come so close to twice quitting the sport over the past four years – it is only now after much reflection that she has fully come to terms with it almost decade later.
For while the wider world watched in awe of her incredible achievements, sprinting her way to world youth 100m and 200m gold in addition to countless national titles, there was a young girl grappling with her own identity; a young girl who in many respects was taken advantage of; a young girl who just wanted to be normal, but was anything of the sort....
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