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USATF Fast Track: Devon Allen


As 2016 Olympic track & field competition gets ready to start on Friday, USATF takes a moment for quick chats with team members.

Today’s feature: Devon Allen

Allen splits his time between American football and track at the University of Oregon, but in Rio the U.S. Olympic Trials champion is a medal contender. He currently is No. 2 globally with his time of 13.03 at the Olympic Trials and won USATF and NCAA titles in both 2014 and 2016.

Q: Name something Brazilian:   

A: Copacabana

Q:   Does your practice or training change leading up to the Games?

A: My training just tapers down as we get closer to the competition day

Q:  What does wearing the USA across your chest mean to you?

A: It’s pretty cool. This being my first team, I’m pretty excited just to compete. It’s a different uniform than Oregon or high school, so I’m excited.

Q: If you could compete in another Olympic sport, what would it be?

A: Cycling or Curling. Curling because it looks like a lot of fun. I wouldn’t want to be the sweeper, though; I want to be the guy who throws the rock. Cycling, I think is really cool. The cycling on the track, the men’s sprint racing is pretty fun to watch.

Q: Who is your favorite Olympian?

A: Liu Xiang (the former world record holder from China.) Growing up, watching him, he was a great hurdler. He was a great competitor, he always competed well. That’s something I aspire to do. Whenever the stage was big, he always ran fast.

Q: Have you done any sightseeing?

A: I went to Copacabana yesterday and USA House. I plan to go to Christ the Redeemer, I plan to do that after I compete. Maybe Sugarloaf Mountain.

Q: What’s in your backpack:

A: I keep an extra shirt. I have a Bluetooth speaker because I always practice with music on, especially when I’m hurdling. I have bucket hat in case it gets sunny out. I don’t know why I packed them, but I pack business cards. I have business cards in there, chapstick, water, my spikes.

Q: Is your family coming to Rio?

A: My mom and dad, my dad’s girlfriend, my aunt, my sister, and a whole bunch of family friends.

Q: What do you expect when you walk into the stadium to compete for the first time?

A: I hope it’s loud. I think I have the biggest advantage on a big stage because I play football in front of 60,000 people. I think the more people and the louder it is in my event, that’s to my advantage.


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