Chrishuna Williams was substitute teacher before she was an Olympian

Posted: July 28, 2016 at 2:47 a.m.

Chrishuna Williams reacts to her third place finish in the women's 800-meter final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, Monday, July 4, 2016, in Eugene Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Chrishuna Williams worked as a substitute teacher this year as she trained for a shot to make the U.S. Olympic track and field team.

Chrishuna Williams At a Glance

SPORT Track and Field

EVENT 800 meters

COLLEGE Arkansas




AGE 23 (born March 31, 1993)


NOTEWORTHY Will compete for U.S. at Olympics after finishing third in the 800 at the Trials July 4. ... Ten-time All-American at Arkansas. ... Ran on the Razorbacks' NCAA champion 1,600 relay outdoors in 2013. ... Took fourth in the 800 at NCAA indoors to help Arkansas win team national title. ... SEC 800 indoor champion in 2015. ... Signed endorsement deal with Nike shortly before U.S. Trials this year. ... Graduated from Arkansas last year with degree in Human Development and Life Science. ... Taught as substitute teacher at New School in Fayetteville this year.

TWITTER @Shuna_LaShay

QUOTE "I'm 5-3, so every time I step on the track I'm looking up at people. But at the end of the day, I might be the smallest, but I have a big heart when I'm out there competing."

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