This year the world saw many new faces. These new faces belonged to those Olympians who went through a great deal to represent their country in the Olympics. Robyn Stevens was also one of these new faces who finally got to compete in the Olympics.
Robyn Stevens is an American race walker who represented the USA in the 20km race walking competition in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She secured her place in the national team after winning the trial games at thirty-eight. This year’s Olympics held greater meaning for her as it was a milestone for her second inning as a racewalker. She had left her career in race walking in 2004 because of her eating disorder and body dysmorphia but made her come back after ten years in 2014.
Biography & Wiki Quick Summary
|Popular Name||Robyn Stevens|
|Real Name||Robyn Stevens|
|Date of birth||April 24, 1983|
|Age||38 years old|
|Place of birth||Vacaville, California, USA|
|Status||In a relationship|
|Occupation||Professional race walking athlete|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (160 cm)|
Robyn Stevens Net Worth and Income
Stevens had her ups and downs during her career, but she has earned enough supporters and a fortune from her athletic career.
Besides walking on races, she also has an active career as a designer and commercial model. From all these, she earns a decent amount and has a good net worth despite not disclosing it to the public.
Height, Weight, and Measurements
The 38 year-old race walker stands tall at an average height of 5 feet and 3 inches.
Though she doesn’t have tall height compared to other female athletes, she still has a great athletic body. Her body is toned in a perfect shape and weighs only 48 kgs.
Robyn Stevens Family and Other Details
The one time Olympian was born in Vacaville in California but grew up in Los Angeles.
Her father is Bob, who cheers her every once and then. She has yet not disclosed the name of her mother or her sister.
Stevens has maintained privacy when it comes to her family. However, she is very vocal about her hardships and struggles.
She has shared that during her collegiate days as a race walker, she suffered from eating disorders and body dysmorphia.
She used to eat only two ice cream cookies to get just enough calories for her races.
It just got worse until she realized that she was experiencing the early female athlete triad, which was the combination of lack of menstruation, eating disorder, and osteoporosis.
She already realized that she had a problem, but after the death of Al Heppner, Stevens knew she couldn’t go on like that.
Heppner, a fellow race walker, killed himself by jumping off a bridge after not performing well in his game.
It was an eye-opener for Stevens as she decided not to let her mental state be any worse.
So, she called her mother and went back home after retiring from race walking in 2004. Her problems did not go away even after her retirement.
She still used to cry every time she saw her reflection in the mirror. She struggled for many years and jumped from one job to another to pay for her college.
However, with the love and support of her family and others around her, she finally overcame her problems.
It was then that one of her friends suggested taking part in the 20km race walking. This time things were different for Stevens. She participated to enjoy the race walking rather than to compete.
With this race, she made her comeback in 2014 after ten years of gap. One thing led to another, and soon she was qualified to participate in the 2016 US trial games.
Despite being mentally prepared, Stevens did not qualify for the US Olympics team because of her calf strain acquired a month before the trials. She came in eleventh place during the game.
She was already having a second thought about quitting for the second time, as like every other race walker, she also had to arrange financial support for herself.
But her boss in the Campbell tax firm came forward and helped her financially to prepare for the 2020 Olympics.
Stevens then quit her job and started training by keeping the next Olympics on her mind.
Her hard work paid off as she qualified during the 2020 US Olympic trial games and represented the USA in the Tokyo Olympics. Before the race, she cried her heart out, thinking about all the people who supported her all those years.
Despite struggling for many years, Stevens never gave up. Her loved ones also always supported her and made her dream to participate in the Olympics come true.
Robyn Stevens Boyfriend Nick
Stevens has been dating Nick Christie. The couple has been together since 2019 and is going strong to this day.
Like Stevens, Christie is also a professional race walker and her teammate. He currently holds the race walking record in the National Association Intercollegiate Athletes in Indoor 3000m.
He also won the 2020 US Olympics trials in a 20km race walking and made his place in the Olympic team. He then represented the USA in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but sadly came in the fiftieth place.
The couple shares mutual love and support towards each other. They also take a lot of pictures together and post them on their social media.
High School and Education
Stevens attended Vacaville high school and earned her high school degree in 2001.
Once high school was over, she initially joined the University of Wisconsin-Parkside to pursue a fine arts degree.
She studied there from 2001 to 2003 before dropping out and joining San José State University in 2003.
Stevens completed her studies in San José in 2007 after earning a bachelor of arts degree in spatial art and creative leadership.
Stevens started her career during high school and continued it even after joining college.
During her college, she competed in many race walking championships and gave a decent performance.
Even after graduating from college, she kept her career as a race walker going. However, the cross country race of 2003 became her last race before retiring the following year due to her eating disorder and body dysmorphia.
She kept her distance from the race walking for ten years before taking part in the 20km race walking held in Sacramento in California.
It was the start of her second inning as a race walker as one led to another, and she got a chance to compete in the 2016 US Olympics trials.
However, this time things were different as she has changed her outlook on race, and race walking became something that she loved doing.
Her changed attitude aided her, but sadly she could not qualify for the trials. Despite the outcome, Stevens was still motivated to compete in more races.
After that, she worked hard and finally made a place in the 2020 US Olympics team by winning the 20k race walking in the trial games.
She then represented the USA in the Olympics but could not bring any medals home.
Besides her love for race walking, Stevens is also into arts and design. As soon as she graduated from college, she started working for Reed magazine as its intern design director.
Once her internship was over, she joined Apple retail to work as its business partner and specialist. She worked for Apple retail for more than three years.
Stevens worked in many different companies before working as a graphic designer.
She started her graphic designing in 2009 and is still doing it to this day. She designs various layouts for promotional pamphlets, books, posters, etc.
Stevens has been slowly growing her career both inside and outside the race.
READ MORE: Tokyo Olympics’ Women’s 400m hurdle winner Sydney McLaughlin!