CHAUNTÉ LOWE is the story of determination, perseverance, and strength. Not only is Lowe a mother of 3, a wife, and a business owner; she is also a professional speaker, an American Record Holder, a 4-time Olympian, a 3-Time World Championship medalist, and 12 times US National Champion.
Recently, her talk has been in high demand since she decided to train for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games while undergoing chemotherapy and a double mastectomy after a breast cancer diagnosis. Her resilience is impactful not only in her own life, but also to those who hear her speak through this current worldwide pandemic.
When speaking, she is true to how she performs. She is animated, entertaining, and humorous. She dances and plays to the crowd as she shares her stories of beating impossible odds, time and time again. She possesses the ability to keep the group engaged and hanging on to her every word or jump. Those who get a chance to encounter her leave inspired and motivated. Her infectious personality is electrifying. You can't help but leave an interaction with her with a winning, "I can do ANYTHING" attitude.
Lowe realized her childhood dream of going to the Olympics at only 20-years-old, making her the first woman from Georgia Tech’s track and field team to become an Olympian. The following year, Lowe won silver at the 2005 World Championships to become the first American woman to win a world outdoor championships high jump medal since Louise Ritter won bronze at the inaugural event in Helsinki in 1983. Lowe is always a crowd favorite with impossibly defined abs, dramatic dance moves, and even the occasional backflip. Lowe graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in economics. In 2008 she represented her country again in the high jump at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After returning from the 2012 Olympic Games, she started teaching trigonometry at Grayson High School in Atlanta. She married triple jumper Mario Lowe on August 21, 2005, and gave birth to daughter Jasmine in July 2007 and Aurora in April 2011, and Mario Josiah in 2013. Lowe has broken the American Record 3 Times and is the current indoor and outdoor American record holder with 2.02m (6’ 7.5”) and 2.05m (6’ 8.75”), respectively. In addition to her Olympic Games appearances, she has represented the United States on six world championship teams.
If there’s an art to facing obstacles and coming out on top, Chaunte Lowe takes the Gold. The world-renowned high jumper lives to conquer barriers, racking up 4 Olympic Games Appearances, 4 Global Championship medals, 2 American records, and several global accolades. Many are surprised to learn that she achieved most of these accomplishments while also holding the title of “mother of three.”
Her performances on the field have earned her inductions into three separate halls of fame and four separate invitations to be honored at the White House by several US Presidents. Lowe, a world-renowned resilience speaker, has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Vogue, Glamour, Essence and Sports Illustrated.
Chaunte would have never guessed, with all that she accomplished, that her biggest obstacles would come off the track. In 2019, Lowe was rattled with the devastating diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer, which is among the most aggressive forms. In a state of disbelief, Chaunte took the crushing blow head-on, being forced to bow out of the national championships for a double mastectomy and miss the world championships for chemotherapy. Still, in Chaunte fashion, she decided that she would fight against the odds and still train through chemo in hopes of making the delayed 2020 US Olympic team.
Now known as the utmost expert on resilience, her advocacy work focuses on early detection and breast cancer awareness to save lives. Reaching hundreds of millions of people, her work was honored with the NCAA Inspiration Award, The ‘Hero Among Us’ award, and she was recently named to Georgia Tech’s 40-under-40 2021 Class.