Track and Field competition begins tomorrow at the Olympic Games in London. Lubbock, Texas’ Jason Young, former Texas Tech University star, launches his quest for Olympic gold for Team USA when discus qualifying rounds begin Monday.
The 31-year-old says he’s been throwing a discus about half of his life. Before he left for the Olympics he said he is optimistic about his chances for a medal, “I was ranked number one in the U.S. through 2011 and maybe I’ll be ranked there this year, too. What’s most important is what you can perform on that day. Right now there’s probably about 35 or 40 guys who think they have a shot at being in the finals, and there’s probably about 20 that actually think they can get a medal, including me. … The thing that’s important is what you do when you get there. Right now I’m showing up at the Olympic Games just like everyone else trying to get one of those medals.”
As you watch the competition, see if Jason meets his own goals. He says if he throws 213 to 215 feet, he’ll be in the running for a medal. Finalists compete for the hardware Tuesday.
Learn more about Jason Young and his Olympic hopes and thoughts in an interview before leaving Lubbock and a subsequent interview after arriving in London. Both are on the Texas Tech Red Raider Track and Field website.
Meanwhile, keep an eye on other current and former Red Raider and Lady Raider athletes performing for other countries in the Olympics at 2012 Texas Tech Olympics Central. They include: Shane Brathwaite, 110-meter hurdles (for Barbados); Sally Kipyego, 5,000 and 10,000 meters (Kenya); Shereefa Lloyd, 4×400 relay (Jamaica); Jamele Mason, 400-meter hurdles (Puerto Rico); Michael Mathieu, 200 meters, 400 meters, 4×400 relay (Bahamas); and Andrae Williams, 4×400 relay (Bahamas).