Ode To Legs: Tori Franklin
Oiselle was thrilled to welcome triple jumper Tori Franklin to the Oiselle family in the fall of 2017. She is a sunburst of positive energy, and a multi-faceted, multi-talented woman. Tori slayed at the Runway Slam: "You get up!" Tori is a writer, poet, chef, and as of May 12th, 2018, the AMERICAN RECORD HOLDER in the triple jump! Tori wrote this "Ode to Legs" before her break out jump series in Guadeloupe. I think we can all agree, we want to join Tori in thanking her legs. We love you, Tori!
To my legs, first and foremost, I’m sorry. I’m sure when we were being pulled out of our mothers’ womb we didn’t expect my life to turn out like this. Yes, a couple of cuts and bruises during adolescence as we climbed trees and swung on jungle gyms is to be expected. A scratch or two in our teenage years wrestling with brothers or goofing off during basketball practice could be anticipated. Maybe even some fatigue from practice in college is normal. But who knew we’d come this far. Who knew the endless jump sessions and repeat 200s would continue after college. I’m sure you are exhausted, which is why I am, first and foremost, sorry. How could I have known we would make something of this competitiveness and energy I store within. How could I have known that your power is what gives us the opportunity to travel all over the world.
And although this journey hasn’t been easy, I wouldn’t trade a single day of booty lock. I wouldn’t trade my scarred-up legs for perfect Barbie doll ones. I instead just want to say thank you. Thank you for pushing me through workouts in the rain, through the aches and the pain. Thank you for being stronger than my mind on some days and listening when my mind says “just one more” on others. We’ve limped, ran, and crawled through ups and downs and you have yet to fail me when I’ve asked the most of you. To my legs I say, yes, we’ve been through much, but the days of “just one more” are far from over. Still, I am worried not, you’ll carry me through like you always have. This I’m sure.