The USA Track and Field Olympic Trials were held in TrackTown USA, aka the home of Nike, aka Eugene, Oregon. It was a 10 day event and I attended the second half of the event. I wanted to do some hiking but since my dad was with me and didn’t want to go, I ended up not going. He’s not the hiking type. I do plan on making another trip back to go hiking and waterfall chasing as Oregon offered so many beautiful trails to chose from. I can’t blame my dad too much, he did pass down the travel and athletic genes and I thank him for that.
Inside the dome was in interactive Nike Experience
I traveled so much growing up competing in track and field, as well as spectating other sports. My father took my brother and me to college football and basketball games all of the time, so traveling for sports is ingrained in me. Track has always been apart of my life growing up and throughout college. Sure after I graduated from college I would have loved to have continued on with a professional career in track but it was not the path set out for me. I later found my purpose in life and have been working towards fulfilling it ever since. It wasn’t easy at first though. For a couple years after I graduated I couldn’t watch or be anywhere near a track meet. It wasn’t until I was a few years removed from it, I started to find out what my interests were (outside of track), and found out so much about myself, who I really was. Up to that point I had not realized how much track had contributed, consumed and became my entire life for over a decade. So now that I have shifted from an athlete to a true fan of the sport, I can honestly enjoy watching without wondering what could have been. When I am asked the question (normally around the Olympics or National Championships) would you try again? The answer is always no. I learned so many life lessons and values from growing up an athlete, a competitor and hurdler on and off the track that I wouldn’t change anything about my experience, and will always recognize that as a stepping stone for something greater.
Legend 400 meter hurdler Edwin Moses!
The second half of the Olympic Trials started right after two highly publicized incidents occurred where in each incident a white officer was caught on tape shooting and killing an unarmed black man. The incidents occurred one day after the other, two days in a row. Officer got paid leave while they launched a formal investigation. I just thought it was ironic that something like that would be brought to light during a time where athletes are competing for the chance to represent their country in the Olympics. The same country where unfortunately some may think in 2016, still does not view or treat them equally. I’m sure it was a bittersweet experience for some of those athletes. They were on track to accomplish their life long goal of becoming an Olympian, representing their FREE country, at the same time they are reminded by the brutal videos that there is still work to do. I’ll leave it at that. Needless to say my trip to Oregon was bittersweet in that regard. These are protesters outside of the University of Oregon Hayward Field at the completion of Day 10 of the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials 2016.