Olga Kosichenko earns May Athlete of the Month honors for her work against COVID-19

6/8/2020
 
 
Olga Kosichenko, 32, of Staten Island York, NY has been selected as the USATF New York Athlete of the Month for May 2020.   She competes for Central Park Track Club - Tracksmith.  Below you can read more about  how she got her start in running, her efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, her favorite place to train, her current training, and future goals.


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Profession, Title: 
Registered Nurse
 
Employer:
Platinum HHC, Maimonides Medical Center

# of years in profession:
Three
 
Can you describe what your daily responsibilities have been over the past 2-3 months and how they differ from before the pandemic?
My main job is for a homecare company, but during the COVID pandemic I worked at Maimonides ICU to help out . It was a bit overwhelming as all patients at ICU were COVID positive and many were dying. Regardless- I was happy to be of help during such difficult time.

Have you been able to continue to train at your normal level?
I am committed to the sport and I continued training. I would plan so that my easy runs would be on the days that I worked at the hospital and I would do them before or after work.
 
When did you start running?
I started running about 5-6 yrs ago

How did you get your start in the sport?
It was by pure chance. My kids joined a track team and I started running with them. 
 
Favorite place to race?
For indoor races I like Boston University track as well as The Armory in NYC. Outdoor I like Icahn stadium and Princeton.
 
What are your future racing goals?
I take it one day at a time, but I’ve been very happy with my current progress and I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life!
 
 

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