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Shelley Osterloh ReportingThe BYU track program has produced several athletes who are competing in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. While some athletes shun away from being called role-models, Tiffany Lott-Hogan hopes she can inspire others to greatness. And she works at it every day.
Tiffany Lott-Hogan competes in the Heptathlon --- that's seven different track events -- some that require speed, others strength, quickness or endurance. In between events she may get encouragement from her husband Brent and a quick hug from her three-year old son, Kepler.
Tiffany Lott-Hogan, Olympic Heptathlete: "He loves to run and he loves to mimic the other athletes, so its so much fun to watch him."
Brent says her strength as a competitor is her mental toughness.
Brent Hogan, Tiffany's Husband: "She never quits and that's one thing. Like she’s had a few injures and she’s really come back from them. She is mentally strong, which is the big thing to be for any athletes."
And when she is not competing or working out she trains other young female athletes at BYU as a strength and conditioning coach. While the focus is on physical training and sports, Lott-Hogan says she wants these students to learn more.
Tiffany Lott-Hogan, Olympic Heptathlete: "I try to let athletes know there is more than just the college side of it. They can go on to be not just a better athlete but a better person and have better drive in their jobs."
These young athletes say Lott-Hogan is more than a coach to them.
Jaime Rendich, BYU Soccer : "She is awesome to work with. She shows us what it takes to reach our goals and stuff, and it just awesome having her out her.”
Haylee Cuthbert, BYU Soccer: “She always pushes us to go past our limit so we work harder than we can and it makes us better."
Bobbi Tillotson, BYU Soccer: “She is with us almost ever day working out, but included with that she is a mom and wife and she just has her whole other life, plus being an Olympian. I just think it’s cool."
So it was no surprise when she returned home to Pleasant Grove after winning a spot on the 2004 Olympic team, friends and family were there. She says she was 12-years old when she first imagined being in the Olympics and now her dream has come true.
Tiffany Lott-Hogan, Olympic Heptathlete: "It's great to wear the USA stuff, to wear the USA emblem on your chest and represent the US is quite an experience. The Lord has blessed me."