Olympic track and field coach returns to neighborhood celebration – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
There was no way Mechelle Freeman’s Frisco neighborhood would allow her to come home without celebrating what she had just accomplished.
They piled into their cars and drove around the block for a trailer drive celebration.
Freeman is the woman behind the scenes and behind multiple medals draped over the necks of America’s most dominant track starts at the 2020 Olympics.
“We ended it on a high note and a special note so I’m happy to say I’ve been a part of it,” said Freeman.
As a coach of the United States women’s relay teams and a former Olympian herself, Freeman knew the weight of the task ahead.
“You have tough conversations and tough decisions to make, but at the end of the day it’s about putting the best four women who you think can do the job,” she said.
One of those women was Allyson Felix, the most decorated American track and field athlete in Olympic history. Freeman reflected on the 4x400m relay training that earned Felix his last Olympic gold medal.
“We ran together. We passed the baton to each other, ”she said. “So for me to be a coach now, to be there and see her last Olympic games and be there at this point in her last race was really a special moment.”
Back in her Frisco neighborhood on Sunday, she traded in the coaching role for a mother and wife – and possibly a local celebrity.
“You’re so into the job and the role, just trying to make the best decisions and form the best team, that when you step back I feel like I can breathe,” Freeman said.
She said she plans to spend the next few hours soaking up the love of those who have always been her support system.
“Just being home is all I want to do for the next couple of days,” Freeman said.