About Nicole

Nicole Sifuentes is a runner, coach, and former pro athlete. While running professionally, she competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games for Canada. She is now retired from international competition and coaches all kinds of runners as they work toward their goals. She loves getting fit (being fit!) and helping others get fitter and run faster.

Stats

  • 1500m - 4:03.97

  • 1500m indoor - 4:07.61 Canadian Record

  • 800m - 2:01.30

  • 5000m - 15:19.15

Awards

  • Olympic Games Semi-Finalist, London 2012 and Rio 2016

  • Pan Am Games Silver Medallist 2015

  • Canadian Champion, 1500m and 5000m, 2015

  • World Indoor Championships Bronze Medallist, 2014

  • National Record Holder, Indoor 1500m

  • 12-time All-American for the University of Michigan

Nicole Sifuentes and her husband, Antonio

Nicole Sifuentes and her husband, Antonio

About me

I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved to Ann Arbor, MI in 2004 to attend the University of Michigan. As a student-athlete I ran on the varsity track and XC teams and graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After university I continued running while working part-time at an engineering firm, eventually moving on to become a full-time athlete. After 4 years spent focusing solely on my track career, I was offered the incredible opportunity to volunteer coach at my alma mater, and am now in my third year as a volunteer assistant coach at Michigan.

When I’m not running or coaching I love to cook, travel, and relax at home with my husband Antonio and our cat Spot.

About my blog

In 2014 I started working with a sports psychologist, hoping to improve my racing performance by learning to build self-confidence. By gaining confidence I had the courage to start this blog and share my thoughts. It is a reflection on my journey of self-growth in Christian faith as a professional athlete, and now as a coach of other runners. I'm still a work in progress. and still have days filled with uncertainty, negativity, and self-doubt. However, the results of developing a new confident mentality as an athlete have made a lasting change in who I am as a person. I learned to love myself and in turn understand God’s love for me.