Molly Seidel was born in Brookfield, Wisconsin, to Fritz and Anne Seidel, the eldest of three children.
After struggling athletically during her early years at Notre Dame, where she earned a double major in anthropology and environmental science, she surmounted her challenges and eventually won four NCAA titles over seven months – the Cross Country title 2015, then the indoors 3000m and 5000m titles and 10,000m outdoors in 2016. She became the first high school Foot Locker Cross Country Champion (2011) to also win an NCAA cross country title.
Seidel dealt with eating disorders, depression and multiple stress fractures in college before undergoing hip surgery about a year before the Marathon Olympic Trials.
Working with the Girls Gotta Run Foundation in Ethiopia, Seidel has been to Bekoji twice to work with girls aged 12-16 in running and life skills coaching, a way she gave back to the sport while dealing with her injury.
Seidel qualified for the Marathon Trials with her half marathon performance at the 2020 Aramco Houston Half Marathon. She made her first Olympic team with her runner-up finish in Atlanta, which was her first career marathon. Seidel, at 25, became the youngest American woman to make an Olympic marathon team since 1992.
From Milwaukee Magazine… After Seidel turned in an incredible performance under oppressive conditions to capture the bronze medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games (only her third career marathon). She pointed at the USA logo on her chest, raised her finger in the air and repeatedly screamed as she crossed the finish line, becoming only the third U.S. woman to win an Olympic marathon medal.
She had a message for her friends and family who gathered at a watch party in her hometown: “I’m so tired. Please drink a beer for me,” Seidel said while sobbing after an NBC Sports reporter handed her a phone so that she could speak to her supporters. Read the full Milwaukee Magazine story, by Rich Rovito, here.
Her career highlights to date include:
- 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, bronze (marathon)
- 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – silver (marathon)
- 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships, eighth (10,000m)
- 2018 USATF 15 km Road Running Championships, bronze
- 2017 USATF 5 km Road Running Championships, silver
- 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships, gold (3,000m), gold (5,000m)
- 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships, sixth (5,000m)
- 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships, gold (10,000m)
Molly Seidel will be a featured Keynote Speaker the 24th Manufacturing Matters! Live Conference this February, 24th.
She will be interviewed by Rich Rovito and will answer audience questions.