"It stems from the genesis of my career back in high school.
I didn't make a state meet as a high school athlete. I was a walk-on at Chico State. I never was all American. It took me another four years after college before I made the Olympic Trials. So I feel like I've always kind of had this axe to grind of proving myself.
The unfortunate side is even as I started to have success, I didn't believe it was enough success. And it kept driving me to feel like I hadn't made it.
Now, I've been written off by a lot of people again, which is strange to say given that I've podiumed at UTMB a couple times. But to re-earn that underdog status, I think is actually a good thing.
Because like I said earlier - my inner circle has always believed and I believe, but often when the external world doubts me, I think that's when I get my best performances."
- Tim Tollefson
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