Francie Larrieu Smith is entering her 18th season as the head cross country and track & field coach at Southwestern University. However, her story is bigger than that. Larrieu Smith is a five-time Olympian and was honored as the United States' flag bearer at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
This interview series is about Larrieu Smith reflecting on her legendary running career. As a trailblazer for women in running, the Palo Alto, Calif., native saw her competitive career span four decades and she won 21 national titles. She placed fifth overall in 10,000 meters at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
The links below will take you to each part of the series as they become available.
SERIES TRAILER (FACEBOOK)
PART ONE: 1992 OLYMPIC FLAG BEARER FOR THE UNITED STATES (YOUTUBE | FACEBOOK)
PART TWO: OLYMPIC MEMORIES (YOUTUBE | FACEBOOK)
PART THREE: EVOLUTION OF HER CAREER AND WOMEN'S ATHLETICS (YOUTUBE | FACEBOOK)
PART FOUR: BECOMING A COACH (FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE)
PART FIVE: WHY NCAA DIVISION III? (FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE)
After next week's finale, Larrieu Smith will sit down with us once again for an interview, but it will be broadcast on Facebook Live, allowing fans to interact with her and ask questions. The interview is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, on the Southwestern Pirates Facebook page.
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