Representing Australia at both the Summer and Winter Olympics, as well as winning gold at both the World Championships in Athletics and the Commonwealth Games.
That’s some impressive stats, which belong to now retired athlete Jana Pittman, who was at the Glenray Melbourne Cup luncheon at Rydges Bathurst on Tuesday.
She spoke about everything for her Olympics campaigns, injury woes, her medical career and personal life.
Pittman competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens Olympics but injury prevented her from competing at Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.
However, she became the first Australian athlete to compete at both the Summer and Winter Olympics, after she participated in the two-woman bobsleigh at the 2014 Sochi games.
“I went to three Olympic games, so I’m incredibly grateful to do what I did and to run for as long as I did,” she said.
“To represent your country, it’s a great things but it comes with its ups and downs.”
She may have never have won a medal but her performance at the 2004 Athens games was nothing short of remarkable.
Pittman tore her cartilage in her right knee during a warm-up for a track meet in Zurich, just before the games in Athens.
After undergoing surgery in London only one week before the start of the games, she ran fifth in the final.
“It was remarkable that I got to race in that race in 2004,” she said.
“I look back at the race at it was a great performance considering the recovery time was much shorter than what it normally is.
“I was favoured to have won that race. I look back at that and think, if I had won that I would’ve went done a different path. I would’ve won a gold medal and I may have went into commentating or something similar.
“But now that I’m medicine, I think there’s is no greater feeling than saving a life.”
Pittman, a single mother of three children, said she’s looking at moving to a rural town, saying Bathurst may well be that place.
“I’ve always wanted to live in the country and I’ve previously interned at rural places like Bathurst, Orange and Taree,” she said.
“I grew up in Bella Vista. Back in those days it felt much more rural than what it is today.
“I want my kids to run around in a big backyard and teach them to horse ride.”