You Never Forget Your First
“As I type this, my heart has been beating faster, just thinking about that race and the excitement of that night. To this day, I still get excited and nervous just thinking about that night in Halifax. From an 18-year-old senior at Preston High School in Cambridge, Ont., to competing in three Olympic Games, a dream has come true. My career has taken me all over the world. But to this day, only 1,497 humans have ever broken four minutes in the mile, compared to 4,638 who have summited Mount Everest during the same decades. Over the 19-plus years since I made my first Canadian national team at 16 years old, it was races like that pivotal sub four that kept me going. I honestly don’t know how many times I’ve broken four minutes during my career, but one thing I can say for certain is that I will never forget the first one.”
– Canadian Olympian Nate Brannen looking back to 2001 when he became the seventh North American high school athlete to go sub-4 in the mile.
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