Wow! I got a chance to chat with Troy Doris, who represented Guyana in the Men’s Triple Jump at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. Here’s what he had to say.
Troy, how was the experience being an Olympic competitor and being in the presence of the greatest athletes from around the world?
A. There’s so many words you can try to use to describe the experience and it gets you wrapped up in so many emotions. Simply put, it was the best thing to ever happen to me in my life and will be for an extremely long time. Being surrounded by more than 11,000 of the world’s greatest athletes is an unreal feeling in itself. You see passion from a different perspective in regards to watching other sports you’re not familiar with. Being one of that large number was already a satisfactory feeling. Aside from that, being able to showcase my talent in front of the world, and making a final, was a huge accomplishment and history for Guyana.
You qualified to compete for a medal, which hasn’t happen for someone representing Guyana since 1980. How has the Guyanese community reacted to you and your performance?
A. The responses and reactions have been amazing. Given that I am based in Chicago, IL and don’t live in Guyana, most to all of my interactions have been through social media. It’s crazy to see my family and new supporters react to my accomplishment and express seeing me at the Olympics means to them. That’s my motivation. I hoping that more people find ways to reach out to me to let them know I’m thankful for their support.
Tokyo 2020! Will we be seeing you there and if so, have you already started training?
A. I will definitely be training until Tokyo, or at least that’s my intention. Training for the Olympics is a process, so you don’t just train for that one event. It’s great that track and field has events every year at almost the same caliber as the Olympics so you’re forced to remain competitive. Although Tokyo is the goal, I will take it one year at a time. World Championships in 2017 are in London and I will begin preparing for that around November-December.
I sure am excited to see you continue to do great things Troy. And I’m sure everyone else, especially the people of Guyana, are hoping you continue to compete at the high level that we saw you in Rio 2016.
Thank you for taking the time to let me ask you a few questions!
Readers, below are links to Troy’s social media pages so you can reach out and keep up-to-date with him!
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Written by : Richard Overton