“But you know it does take time to adjust, especially for the younger athletes, they’re not used to training and traveling to Europe. It does take time to get used to time zones, and to adjust to those types of things, but normally, the athletes that have been on the circuit, on the national teams they travel all summer long to make a living so they kind of understand what they need to do in the summer,” Deem said.
With such an impressive resume, Deem still cherishes every opportunity to work with Team USA.
“I really love the interaction with some of the greatest athletes in the world. For me, when you stop learning, it’s time to get a new job,” Deem said.
“The passion and the dedication and the commitment that it takes to be at that level, and maintain that level, for me that’s very motivating and it allows me to share some stories with my own collegiate kids and hopefully they buy in to that … but yeah tor me, the level of enthusiasm and commitment that they bring, because at that point, that’s how they make their living.”
Even with years of coaching experience at international competitions, Deem maintains a deeply rooted appreciation and connection to her local Miami community. Joined by several of the Hurricanes’ runners, including Taneisha Cordell, Jasmyne King and Shannon Wright, Deem led the 2013 class of youth campers in the Morning Mile at Goulds Park on June 12.
Developed by Fitness International and sponsored by AvMed Health Plans, the Morning Mile is a youth fitness program adopted by all 42 of the Miami-Dade Parks’ Fit2Play Summer Camps. Campers begin the day with a morning mile walk, jog or run, laying the foundations of a healthy fitness routine and lifestyle.
“The community is very important to our program and obviously we’ve had a lot of great athletes from the Miami-Dade community, and they’ve helped our program to become very successful, but even more importantly I think it’s a great opportunity for our current student-athletes to interact with kids and give back, because they have so much to offer,” Deem said.