Lynsey Sharp - Double Olympian & Scottish 800m Record Holder
Lynsey Sharp is a two time Olympian, 2012 London Olympics & 2016 Rio Olympics, also Scottish record holder over 800m with a blistering time of 1 minute 57.69 seconds. Lynsey lives in Loughbourgh with her fiancée, Andrew Butchart, and new addition to the family their little dog, Bowie.
Lynsey takes us back to where it all began as an under-11 athlete aspiring to be like her dad, Cameron, her big sister, Carly, and coached by her mum, Carol, at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. To 2-hour drives to Dundee to train with British teammate, Eilish McColgan, and Eilish's mum, Liz McColgan, as a junior athlete during her school years.
In 2012, Lynsey went on to win her first British senior 800m Championships as an U-23 athlete and represent Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympic Games. She also wins European gold in Helsinki. Lynsey opens up about how the medal upgrade impacted her mentally and emotionally in 2013 after hearing the news she was being awarded the gold medal from the 2012 European championships after a Russian athlete tested positive for banned substances.
In 2014, Lynsey comes back from a serious injury that plagued the 2013 season to win the British Championships and compete for her home Country, Scotland, at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and win a silver medal in front of a home crowd. She also talks about the adversity she faced before the 800m final just to get to the start line. From there she won a silver medal at the 2014 European Championships.
Lynsey competes in the 800m at the 2016 Rio Olympics where she finishes 6th in a time of 1.57.69 breaking her Scottish record in the Olympic final.
We also get to hear the ups and downs that went on behind the scenes in 2018 into the 2019 World championship year where she moves back home to the U.K. from San Diego and also moves coach but was still able to put all that was going on in her personal and professional life to one side and still make the Great Britain team for 2019 Doha World championships.
Lynsey is a fighter with a warrior spirit and her story is inspiring and remarkable. She has a never say die attitude and a pure love for the sport of athletics. If you would like to follow Lynsey's athletic career you can here - https://www.instagram.com/lynseysharp/