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Dr Jana Pittman is arguably one of Australia’s most underrated women.
She is a summer Olympian, a winter Olympian, two-time world champion and four-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist.
On top of that, Pittman is a doctor, soon to be a mother of six, and she recently impressed the nation when she faced the brutal Channel 7 SAS Australia Classes.
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His rise to stardom came from a childhood when Pittman considered himself an outcast among his peers.
“I’ve always felt a little weird, weird in the sense that I’m extremely motivated and studying all the time,” she said. the ABC.
“I speak really fast and guess I’m not to everyone’s liking. I had a hard time fitting in. I have always struggled with self-esteem.”
On the trail, however, she was a different person.
His only dream, although he had become the best of the best, was that his own father could take a day off.
“My dad is an amazing man and he worked so many hours a day. He is now over 70 years old and still works on a construction site every day. He’s an engineer but he also builds houses, ”she explained. Leadership lessons.
“It was my way of saying, okay, I’m going to give my dad a day off and he’s going to come and enjoy the track with me. It literally started to impress my dad, and then around the age of 14 or 15 I started to look like I had a bit of potential.
“I ended up qualifying for the Olympic Games in Sydney, in my home country, when I was only 15 years old.”