Winning Nationals and getting the silver medal at the Indoor Championships, making it onto the Olympic team.
My two boys, Amare and Braylon.
Austin is a great place, but actually I’m down here on a crazy circumstance. I met my coach and hot dog stand in 2007 at the trials and he invited me to come down here. I got stranded in Cancun during graduation weekend because the flights were canceled due to a big thunderstorm. I missed graduation and ended up moving down here with my coach with just one duffle bag. I left my job and now here I am, one of the best sprinters in the world.
I’ve grown a lot because I’ve never been healthy and I’ve never been this focused. I used to go out a lot because, you know, the temptation of 6th street. But I’ve buckled down since I had my kids. Now I’m on my own and I have my girlfriend, who keeps me grounded. I’ve matured since my last Olympics.
I think it’s ability and mindset. Everybody has talent but you can’t coach heart and you can’t coach determination. It’s the drive.
Getting free gear, traveling the world and just having a good time experiencing life.
I’m currently DJing and I plan to continue to do that. I want to go to culinary school when I’m done as well. I have a boutique called Imperial Eloquence right now, but I’d like to own a few more businesses. I’m working on having a food truck that serves cajun creole.
My coach gives me hope, because sometimes I get discouraged. I’ll ask, “Coach, why am I doing this? Why am I training this hard?” and he lets me know that I have a family to take care of, fans to live up to, kids who come from small schools that look up to me because I didn’t come from an NCAA school. I came from a very very small school and I took the long way up. I didn’t get the easy contract coming out of college—I had to earn it. So, to all the people coming out of small schools: you can make it and you can do it.
Don’t make any mistakes, be patient, relax and go for it.
During the race, I black out because the 100M race is so fast that by the time the race is over and I don’t even know what happened. It’s like a war zone. You go out on the track and you’re going so fast that all you hear is the crowd.