Quote Of The Day
“I had to really sit down and think to myself, ‘Why do I do what I do?’ … part of it is inspiring other people and athletes, non-athletes and kids. I kind of realized that whether or not I make the U.S. team, the American public as a whole is going to have heroes to look up to. … Whereas in Peru, they only have a handful of athletes. … I really hope to have a much greater impact on that population, on those people, on those kids and I can hopefully change the running culture out there a little bit … I just feel like I’m much more impactful as Peruvian athlete than as an American athlete, basically.”
“… I know a lot of people are going to say ‘Oh he’s going the easy route and that’s why he wants to go for Peru.’ And yeah, I’ll acknowledge that getting to the Olympics now is a much easier task. But if anything, that (challenge) made me want to run for the U.S. even more. That was actually the main thing preventing me from really committing for a while was because I hadn’t done it for the U.S. and as someone that’s highly, highly competitive with myself and with others, I wanted to do it the hard way.”
– David Torrence talking about his decision to switch nationalities to Peru.
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