Olympian Profile: Michael Tinsley
Specialty: 400m Hurdles
photo by Kevin Garner
What is your greatest achievement on the field?
Making the 2012 Olympics.
What is your greatest achievement off the field?
My two sons, MyKayle and Titus.
Why Austin/Round Rock?
I grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, but moved to Round Rock in 2009. It’s a lovely place, with beautiful people, great weather, and an athletic community. Ever since I’ve been here, my career has been going up.
How have you grown since your last Olympics?
I’m more mature in my event. I’m getting better by studying and focusing and getting to know myself more as an athlete.
Is there an age at which sprinters peak?
In the 400m hurdles, your peak or prime is around 28 or 29 years old. In 2016 I’ll be 32 while trying for my second Olympics team. But to give you some perspective, I won silver at the 2012 games and the guy who took gold, Felix Sanchez, was 36 years old. So maybe I can push for 2020, but right now I’m going to focus on 2016.
What’s the best place you’ve traveled to?
I loved Paris because I’m a fashion guy, also Monaco because they have beautiful beaches.
I always had a good time in London because there are no language barriers there!
What does life after track and field look like?
I may go into coaching, but I’ll definitely spend a lot time with my family. Hopefully I can go into a few different ventures with my shoe sponsor Adidas. They’ve been great to me for over 10 years. I’d like to continue to work with them behind the scenes.
What do you tell yourself when you’re at the starting blocks in a race?
All gas, no brakes.