With the 2012 Summer Olympics soon to kick off in London, Rant Sports has been shining the spotlight on some of the athletes who will represent Team USA this summer.
Today we feature American sprinter, Tyson Gay.
This will be Gay’s second Olympic Games. Prior to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Gay was arguably the best sprinter in the world. Coming off three World Championship titles in 2007, Gay was among the favorites to win gold in his signature events, the 100 meter and 200 meter races. However, a hamstring injury suffered in the Olympic Trials hobbled the sprinter from Kentucky, and he failed to medal.
Now, four years later, he is back and ready to go, but it hasn’t been an easy road getting back to the Olympic stage.
In 2009, Gay ran the 100 m in 9.69 seconds, making him the fastest American sprinter in history and the 2nd fastest man ever.
Just one year ago, in 2011, Gay had hip surgery, leaving many wondering if he will have what it takes to bounce back to his previous, form.
Earlier this summer, at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR, Gay posted a time of 9.86; perhaps not as fast as he had run before, but fast enough to show that he shouldn’t be counted out just yet.
Mere months ago, it appeared that Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, was unbeatable. Now, however, after dropping some races and slowing a step, the path to the Olympic gold is wide open, and Gay hopes that he can be the one to finish on top, and deep down, he truly believes he can do it.
“I really believe this is going to be one of the most exciting Olympics ever in history, and I like a challenge. I want to run with the best, run against the best; that’s how I’ve always lived.”
When asked how he wants his career to be remembered, Gay states:
“As a great runner, as a clean runner, someone who accomplished things without going the other route. Being remembered as someone who gave his all, who ran with his heart. I want to capitalize that with a medal in the Olympics — a gold medal.”
The men’s 100 m dash is one of the most popular and most watched events of the Olympic Games, and this year is shaping up to be one of the best in Olympic history. The door is wide open; it’s anybody’s race. Tyson Gay is hoping that he will be the one to cross the finish line and achieve his lifelong dream of Olympic gold.
Join us again as we shine the spotlight on another amazing athlete who will be representing the United States of America in London this month.