She didn't focus on running in High School.
"From there, Frerichs will turn her attention towards a lifelong dream of competing in the Olympics â€¦ though for a long time, she envisioned doing that in gymnastics. Frerichs grew up admiring Shawn Johnson and also had the opportunity to meet Nadia Comaneci when she was 9.
â€œWhen I was 13 or 14, I realized that probably wasnâ€™t the path I was going down,â€ Frerichs said, â€œbut as soon as my coach told me when I was at UMKC that he thought I had a shot at even just making the (Olympic) trials, it really lit the fire and got me training really hard.â€
Frerichsâ€™ rise is even more remarkable considering track wasnâ€™t even her second-favorite sport growing up. Along with gymnastics, she played soccer, and in high school she only attended track meets that didnâ€™t conflict with her matches. It was one reason she never competed in Missouriâ€™s state track and field meet.
â€œIâ€™m really glad my parents pushed me into doing lots of different sports, so then I wasnâ€™t burnt out,â€ Frerichs said. â€œI was excited as a college athlete, and it allowed me once I was able to focus to make big improvements.â€