July 17, 2012
By Courtney Gams
AUBURN - Kerron Stewart is a renowned Jamaican sprinter who specializes in the 100 meters and 200 meters. An established Olympian, Stewart competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics where she took home the silver medal in the 100 meters as well as the bronze medal in the 200 meters. As the 2012 Summer Olympics approach, Stewart is looking forward to seeing how her hard work will pay off in face of the world's toughest competition.
Stewart began her collegiate track career at Essex Community College in New Jersey where she received three indoor and three outdoor All-American awards. Her success brought her to Auburn in 2006 where she became the second-most decorated Auburn female athlete in school history after being named an All-American for the eighth time. She was also the second athlete in Auburn history to win two national titles at a single NCAA Championships when she won 60 and 200 meters in 2007.
"Auburn is home away from home," Stewart said. "This is where I've met some of the most important people in my life. I wouldn't want to change this experience for nothing in the world."
Two such people Stewart refers to are coach Henry Rolle and mentor coach Mel Rosen.
"Coach Rolle is a true coach," Stewart said. "He believes in me beyond what I believe sometimes. I just appreciate him so much because he is a friend and a coach and that is hard to find in any one individual."
"Coach Rosen has been a tremendous help. He taught me so much." Stewart said, "He would help me relax before a race, because he would always have some joke."
Following her college career, Stewart went on to further her astounding track career. In 2008, Stewart was ranked second in the world in the 100 meters and third in the world in the 200 meters. She used that momentum to enjoy a very successful 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she won silver in the 100 meters and bronze in the 200 meters.
"It was a wonderful experience, I can't begin to put into words," Stewart said. "You know all my hard work paid off. And it's so funny because it was just in a space of five to six days, and I had to train eight months for that moment. I think that's what makes it so special."
Stewart has been hard at work preparing for the Summer Olympics in London, where she will be competing for Jamaica in the 200 meters. She has been training in Auburn with coach Rolle, readying for the summer games.
"I think when you are at this level... you have to work on the complete race or the complete person," Stewart said. "So I never just think about working on the physical aspect, I also work on the mental aspect because that's so important."
With her mind set on another successful Olympics, Stewart is looking forward to seeing her hard work pay off.
"I am looking forward to the competition... and just the whole atmosphere of being in another Olympics... and just competing at that level," Stewart said. "My goal is to give my very best. And my number one goal is to win that gold medal."