Team USA’s Long Jump Competitor Michael Hartfield Shares His Journey On The Road To Rio
Connecticut native Michael “Flight” Hartfield, 26, opens up in this interview about what life was like on the long four-year road to Rio. He goes into depth about the determination it takes to become a professional athlete, what motives him when he’s on his mark, and how it’s been for him to set goals after breaking world records.
The Olympian long jumper competed collegiately for the Ohio State Buckeyes before making Team USA. Mike is well known for breaking the legendary, Jesse Owens’ 77-year-old record in the long jump.
“I believe that your perception is your reality and if you tell yourself you can’t do something, then you can’t,” the Adidas signed athlete explained.
“As I started to progress through the years I took that limit off of myself.”
During the interview Mike shares a very emotional detail about his father’s passing and his mother’s recent heart issues, dedicating his success to both parents. Tonight, it all comes together as Hartfield competes in the Long Jump Prelims and Saturday, August 13th in the Olympic Final. Time to dirty those cleats and leave your heart out on the track, keep that US streak going!
“My faith was definitely tested but I persevered and will forever reap the benefits of being able to say I'm an Olympian!” – Michael “Flight” Hartfield
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