A letter to Coach Robert Schmitt

If someone would have asked me what an inch meant to me 4 years ago I would have said well 12 of them make a foot.

On April 24th 2013 I learned one of the most important lessons that I will probably ever learn, I had been told it a million times by my coach but I never really applied it and that is, don’t lower your self to compete with everyone else but compete against yourself and once you do that no one will be able to touch you.

On April 24 I decided I could do anything I put my mind to and once I did that an inch wasn’t just an inch anymore because one inch alone is nothing but when you add them up they become something. I have learned that just because you get hurt is no excuse because if there is a will to win you will find a way, and if you have right people around you they will do everything they can do to make your dreams come true whether its keeping my pole dry when its raining or adjusting your back when it hurts so bad you cant even breath.

My sophomore year I had my first test and that was a knee injury that should have kept me out all year and than my junior year same story different body part, a back injury but if there if there is one thing my sister taught me its that cow girls don’t cry, and you need to get back on the horse! This season was one of the most amazing couple of months I have ever had, and I owe it all to one person and that person is the guy I put all my trust in because I knew he could make me the best athlete I could be but not only that but the best person I could be.

You will for now and always be coach and if it can happen you will be the one next to me in Rio 2016 thanks so much Robert Schmitt.


Tiffany Richeson
Tiffany Richeson

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