Olympics 2012: Sprinter Tyson Gay Interview
The Olympic sprinter gives us the scoop on his workout regimen, meeting new goals and dethroning Usain Bolt.
Which events do you have your eye on for London?
I’m not going to worry about the 200 meter. I’m just going to focus on the 100 and go from there.
How are you working on improving from the 2008 Games?
I’m more patient, more of a perfectionist. I’m focusing on every stride. I’ve been trying to open my stride. It’s all about being healthy and working on what you have to do to get stronger and try to reach your full potential.
Is dethroning Usain Bolt priority No. 1?
I try not to focus on him too much because there are a lot of up-and-coming sprinters who are just as talented, so it’s just about having faith and doing the best you can. I try to take it one day at a time. I try not to think about the Olympics so much.
Do you think we’re approaching the ceiling in terms of how fast humans can actually run?
It’s about your mindset from the beginning. If you can get that mindset that you can get faster then it can happen as long as you’re patient. You can reach your full potential. If you look at the women in track and field, no one’s really come close to the world record; they believe it’s so far out that they don’t think they can do it, and I think that stops them from reaching their full potential. A lot of guys think they can do it and that keeps them pushing.
How do you personally push the envelope?
I do a lot of speed work, like 60s and 30s, and things for my acceleration, like block starts. One thing is to run longer than your event. If you run the 100, then you’ll run 200s and 300s to have a longer base under you.
What is the most exciting part about London for you?
I came up empty handed in my last Olympics, so going there healthy and knowing I have a fair shot at bringing home a medal excites me. I’ve had my ups and downs, I’ve had some setbacks in training. For every great outcome you have to have a great story as well, so I’m just hoping to have a great story to know I kept fighting. I pushed through a lot of things, like my surgery last year and so forth. It’s tough. You’ve just got to have that faith and keep pushing. You’ve got to surround yourself with positive people who know what you’re capable of doing.