Singer, Song-writer, Actress, Blogger, and finally, WORLD CLASS HIGH JUMPER! Unlike many other competitors vying for a spot on this year’s U.S. Olympic Team, Brigetta Barrett will be approaching the Trials with a perspective beyond the high jump mat. Many of her teammates from last summer’s World Championships in Daegu remember her more because of her stunning performance at athlete skit night than her spectacular 10th place finish at the meet. With a summer like this, it was easy to forget that she would be coming home to finish a Theater Arts degree and another collegiate season at the University of Arizona (you may have seen her valiant attempt at the Collegiate Record two weeks ago at the PAC-12 Championships).
This year, while continuing with all these demands on her time, she has also managed to start up a blog about her fellow athletes. Their camaraderie and friendship are what fuel her and keep her excited about discovering her own potential. You will quickly find that the answers she gave for the questions we have been asking many of the other athletes are quite different- a testament to her unique and special approach to the sport.
What is your best track memory from past meets at Hayward Field and Eugene?
My best memory from past meets at Hayward Field was not necessarily competition related. It was the time I sang the national anthem for our PAC -12 conference meet. After I finished singing I went into the stands to watch the rest of the meet because I was not competing on that day. As I stepped into the stadium everyone in the stands stood up and gave me the most heartfelt round of applause I have ever received. It meant so much to me because I know that Hayward track fans are huge fans of the sport. But I had not competed yet and they gave me so much love just for singing. My second best memory was when I became a U.S. National Champion for the first time in my life. It was my biggest platform of my life at the time and to receive that much love even though I was not a Oregon Duck was unbelievable.
Did you come to the Trials in 2008?
I did not come to the trials in 2008. I was a junior in high school and although I qualified to jump at the Trials I did not go. I strained my neck and felt it was smarter to rest than to possibly hurt myself more. So I rested and remained determined that I would go to the Trials four years later, fully prepared to make the team.
After doing so well here in 2011, how will this year be different?
The only difference that I hope this year will bring is an even greater performance than last year. This year I will be defending the national championship and I know that many girls have been training with the intent of trying to take it away from me. But I know that God has a plan for my life and for my sport. So this year I will be jumping on faith and believing in the talent and abilities that I know God has given me. It is not about me this year; it is about everyone that has been supporting me, all of the people that look to me and my life for inspiration, and it is for the chance to wear that USA uniform at the Olympic Games.
Aside from your competition, what are you looking forward to most about the Trials this summer?
I have started a blog (born2bgr8.tumblr.com) where I interview other track athletes about their sport and their outlook on life because of their sport. So at the Trials I will have a lot of chances to speak with my fellow friends and track athletes and get a lot of material for my blog.
Will you be coming to the meet this summer with your college team?
Yes. We have a lot of athletes who have a great chance to make this year’s Olympic team. I am honored to have such inspiring and talented teammates. They push me to be better.
Are you planning on getting here early or staying after your event?
I know that we will be getting there early but I am unsure of how long we will be staying afterwards.
Do you have anything specific you like to do when you come to Eugene for meets (favorite restaurants/bars, etc you always eat at, places you like to stay, the Saturday Market…..etc??)
I like to experience the restaurants that are close to the track. There is also this ice cream place that makes their own ice cream. I would like to give it a try. But I really look forward to being reunited with my fellow track athletes, who I would not get the chance to see if it weren’t for Olympic Trials. They also inspire me and track athletes are so nice and down to earth — I just like being around people that share the same passion that I have.
Want to know more about bubbly Brigetta (better known as Bebe), show her your support by checking out some of these other websites and CHEER HER ON!
ASU Profile: Brigetta Barrett
USATF Profile: Brigetta Barrett