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Sprinting ace Tori Bowie: 'My best strength? I never give up'

Find out what drove the USA sprinter to three Olympic medals at Rio 2016 in the new season of Olympic Channel's original series 'Anatomy of'.

By Olympic Channel ·

Three-time Rio 2016 medallist and 2017 world champion Tori Bowie is one of the greatest sprinters of her generation.

What makes her a world class champion in short distance running?

In the new season of the Olympic Channel original series Anatomy of, the 29-year-old has been pushed to the max in a sport science lab to show all her extraordinary physical qualities.

That includes a very lean body and a upper-body strength, comparable to male professional athletes.

The American sprinter might be suffering on the stamina tests, but she's gifted with an uncommon explosive power: on a vertical jump the track and field star was able to generate over 3,700W, enough to turn on 37 light bulbs!

“I feel like my talents is something that I was both born with and something I have to work extremely hard," Bowie said.

The 29-year-old was followed in the tests by Team USA hurdler and bobsledder Lolo Jones, who is a new addition to the series.

Bowie also revealed how her mental resilience and determination was key to achieving results in sport:

"I never give up… If you don’t give up, you will always have a chance to win or be successful.” - Tori Bowie to Olympic Channel

The full episode is now available to watch on Olympic Channel for free and without subscription, right here.

Anatomy of a Sprinter: The Explosive Powers of Tori Bowie

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Athletes' strengths and capabilities examined

What makes Olympic athletes so special?

In the Olympic Channel original series Anatomy of, the physiques and unique body characteristics of several Olympians are analysed by leading performance and sport science centres.

Through physically exhausting tests and expert analysis, elite athletes demonstrate their physiological prowess and anatomical features that have powered them to the top of their sports.

Anatomy of Season 3 Series Trailer

In a sport science lab and with help of Olympian Lolo Jones, we studied the...

Future episodes test the strength of wrestler and Olympic bronze medallist J’den Cox (USA), the stamina of marathoner Desiree Linden (USA), the outstanding balance of BMX Olympic Gold medallist Connor Fields (USA), the power Olympic bronze medallist Marcus Ellis (GB), and the hidden strength of archer Atanu Das (IND).

Episode 2 - J'den Cox

Next episodes of 'Anatomy of' season 3

Here's the complete list of the episodes in this series, and their release date:

  • May 7: Athletics (Sprinter), Tori Bowie, USA
  • May 14: Badminton, Marcus Ellis, GBR
  • May 18: Wrestler, J’den Cox, USA
  • May 20: Marathon, Desiree Linden, USA
  • May 28: Archery, Anatu Das, IND
  • June 11: Cycling BMX, Connor Fields, USA

All shows are available for free and without subscription on Olympic Channel and the official apps for mobile and connected TV devices.