240: Soul Sister Sessions with Dr. Madeline Manning Mims

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“I realized [there] is something very very wrong about someone who sees someone a different colour, labels them, and realises that what they’re saying means that they’re not good enough to be around us, or they’re a bad person”
Dr. Madeline Manning Mims

This is a special episode of Soul Sister Sessions. Abbey and Julia are joined by Dr. Madeline Manning Mims. Madeline is in a class of her own. She has a storied career that remains far from over. She is a decorated multi-time Olympian, and held multiple World and American Records. At the 1968 Olympics, she became the first American Woman to win a gold medal in the 800m, which was the at the time, the longest distance women were allowed to race. She held a World Record in High School, and had an impressive career as an athlete, which was unprecedented at that time. Madeline is an equally talented gospel singer, author and speaker, as well as the founder of the United States Centre for Sports Chaplaincy. Madeline has been present at every Olympiad as a chaplain since she stopped attending as a competing athlete, and serves as a mentor for chaplains and athletes alike. Madeline is eloquent, talented, driven and has such wisdom from her diverse experiences breaking through barriers across the board. This conversation is all Madeline, and is one of the most powerful conversations on ROO to date.

This conversation covers the following:

  • Her thoughts on Ahmaud Arberys death
  • Growing up in the projects in Ohio and her early life
  • Her first exposure to racism and being called a racial slur by a neighbour
  • Her love of being outside and playing as a child, and how as a child she acted as a mentor to other kids
  • How mandatory fitness testing led her to volleyball and track
  • Prejudice and learned behaviours
  • Her Hungarian coach, and evolution as runner
  • The 1968 Olympics, winning a gold medal, and what that experience was like for her
  • Her career as an athlete and her reflection on training and competing
  • The role of faith and religion in her life
  • Being a chaplain and mentoring athletes and chaplains
  • Singing and how her career evolved and grew
  • Overcoming challenges and misconceptions in her life
  • Answering a variety of questions from listeners

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