Brenda Martinez takes the world’s fastest interview


Under the intense pressure of SPIKES’ super quick interview, we find out that the USA’s world 800m medallist Brenda Martinez loves Amy Winehouse; could have been a police officer; and really fancies picking Haile’s brain before doing the marathon…

If you could star in a different event what would it be?

"The marathon."

What is your motto?

"I always say, ‘bleed for coach.’ As in, give it all you have."

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

"My mum cooked for me today, and gave me green chilli with eggs and tortilla."

Spicy. And your plans for the rest of today?

"Maybe watch a movie on Netflix. We don’t have cable, so we watch a lot of movies. In fact, no, we’ll probably watch Law & Order." 

What is the one thing you have to take with you on the circuit?

"My coffee mug. I have one where I can put letters and photos from people on it, and I like to look at it!"

If you weren’t an athlete what would you be doing?

"I’d be a police officer. I always wanted to be one growing up."

Yes ma’am. And your karaoke tune?

"Anything by Amy Winehouse, I love her voice so much."

What is your favourite holiday destination?

"I don’t like the beach that much, so I’d say a mountain destination. I really like where I live at Big Bear Lake, so I’ll say my house."

That’s handy. What is the worst thing you’ve ever worn?

"Probably my jeans overalls when I was younger. I used to wear a lot of floral print overalls!"

And finally… Name your three perfect dinner party guests.

"Amy Winehouse for the music. Seb Coe, because I do similar training to Seb through my coach who used to know Seb’s dad [Peter, Seb’s former coach]. And Haile Gebrselassie, to talk marathon."