417: What was the first team you qualified to be part of?
C.J.: I made the World Championships team in 2007 when I was 27.
417: That’s old for that, right?
C.J.: Hey now, we’re not going to say that.
417: Sorry, it just came out...
C.J.: We’re going to say that I was experienced.
417: When did you make it on to your first Olympic team?
C.J.: I made the team in 2012 when I was 32. I always tell people do not put an age on what you want to do. I got three medals and a record at [age] 32.
417: How do you bring your experience into coaching?
C.J.: For my coaching style, I just put everything I liked from my coaches in one person. The No. 1 thing I brought to the Missouri State athletes is, “I believe in you. I don’t have to yell at you or curse at you, belittle you. My job is to build you.”
417: Looking back, what do you consider your proudest moment of your career?
C.J.: When I ran 10.6, the second fastest time ever by a woman in 2009 in Thessaloniki, Greece.
417: What other moments from your career stand out to you?
C.J.: Making the team in 2007, because I gambled with that one, and I won. I had a contract on the table that I didn’t think was enough, and I said, “I’m going to wait until after the race.” One thing I will always do, and I teach this to my girls, is you always bet on yourself. After the race I made the team, so they had to up the contract.
417: Are there any races that still nag at you?
C.J.: At the 2012 London Games, I took silver in the 100. I barely missed it. I beat myself up for weeks, but you know what? I had to check myself. With track and field, it’s either your day or it’s not.
417: So you gave yourself a pep talk to get past the disappointment?
C.J.: Right, I had to give myself a pep talk and say, “Shake it off. You’re going to sit here and question yourself? What are you doing?”
417: When running 100 meters, do you have time to think about what you’re doing, or do you just have time to run?
C.J.: You just go. All the mental stuff is before the race. If you’re thinking in the race, you’ve lost because you’re looking around.
417: Did you have a go-to pump-up song you’d listen to before a big race?
C.J.: It depended on my mood. I could go from “Benny and the Jets” to Tupac to Jay-Z to Adam Levine.