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And there is such a thing as a decathlon high. It's like a rock rolling down hill, picking up momentum. You get better and better.
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As a young athlete, it was first about having fun; then it was about winning.
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As a young child, I was never a crier. I never cried to get my way, or even when I was in pain.
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Athletes have certain inclinations; one is to fail at any cost.
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But I figured, hey, if I want it bad enough and I decide to get off the couch and go run, I can do it.
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I always wanted to stay out of trouble, but as an adopted child, I was constantly trying to find out who I was.
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I call myself a chameleon.
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I do whatever I can to resolve conflict and I can't sit still.
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I knew from the beginning I didn't want to live on a farm like my parents.
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I learned from my Dad the benefit of determination and giving it your all.
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I learned to try harder and to accept that I've always got things to work on.
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I like to read about adverse situations.
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I take pride in being in the hardest event, knowing so well how it works that I can do it on a rainy day, without thinking about it, without feeling pain.
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I think my family is my first concern after myself.
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I think what my parents did was perfect. They were strict, concerned about my safety and held me back just a little.
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I used to look forward to Little League games, high school basketball, and softball. It was all I could think about.
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I want to have a family... a nice home.
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I wanted to live in a city. I wanted to do sports.
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I was a late bloomer, so thirty is a good age for me to peak.
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I wish I'd learned more about African American culture growing up.
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I would go out and run and run and run on the farm.
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I'm more accepted in the White community than in the Black. It's confusing, more than anything.
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I'm very close to Mom and Dad and to my brother Tom. We are the two closest in age.
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I'm very competitive and always have been, but I'm learning to work my hardest instead of putting in minimum effort to succeed.
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I've always been very good at all sports.
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I've learned it hurts just the same, whether you're pushing a little extra or not.
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If I were a politician, I'd want to find a way to stop all wars.
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If you never give up, you'll be successful.
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If you're adopted, you need to be a good communicator. It's a strength that comes from growing up adopted. You have to be able to get your message across and you have to know how to listen.
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In college, people thought of me as African American, and I tried to fit in, but it didn't work out.
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It really means a lot that I won the gold medal - but I woke up the next morning expecting to feel different. I felt the same.
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It took me time to realize that the men who won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon are just men, just like me.
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It wasn't until I was in my early 20's that I really began to see what kind of person I was going to be.
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It's important for me to think I'm mixed-race.
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It's really important to me to have people I look up to.
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My resilience comes from wanting to be a happy person - everything I do is always about trying to find a solution.
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Now I take medication for ADD but back then, before I learned to focus, I could get too wild.
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Now it's about pushing myself to the limit.
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One thing that helped me a lot as a kid was that I tried everything because I wanted to challenge myself.
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Our family seemed to work harder than other families.
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Sports was a place where I could give it everything and not get into trouble.
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Take pride in exactly what it is you do and remember it's okay to fail as long as you don't give up.
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The decathlon includes ten separate events and they all matter. You can't work on just one of them.
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The failure showed me how committed I really am. I'm a person who looks forward, not back.
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The more focused I get, the more I can compete well under stress.
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The only way to overcome is to hang in. Even I'm starting to believe that.
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There are things in life I want and I've never given up on them.
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There is nothing better than having a personal-best day, being in shape and pushing myself beyond my own limits.
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There was never a day I didn't think I could do it. If there had been, I might have quit.
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Through everything I've gone through- and I've been everywhere, at the top of the world, in jail, hung over drunk - I never gave up my dream of winning a gold medal in the Olympics.
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Throughout my entire life, things have happened that kept me working toward the goal.
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To me, the decathlon is its own little society and I am part of that culture.
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What motivates me is feeling good about myself.
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When I met Mohammed Ali and his family, I was really interested in their history and culture.
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When I was a kid, I internalized everything, kept my feelings to myself.
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When I was little, I wasn't allowed to put sugar on my breakfast cereal because it made me so hyper.
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When I went to Hawaii, I was very impressed with the culture.
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You don't have to be the best in all ten disciplines; instead, you need to work at being steady and consistent steady.
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You have to be able to be a good loser. You have to be okay knowing you're going to fail every day in something without getting mad and upset.
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You need to become more than one type of athlete. You have to be a sprinter, a weight man and a distance guy all in one.
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