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Ex-Giants RB David Wilson chasing Olympic dreams
- Updated: August 18, 2014
While a neck injury forced him into retirement from the NFL at age 23, former Giants running back David Wilson is chasing another dream of his. USA Today’s Chris Strauss wrote the heartwarming news of Wilson now chasing his dream to compete in the Olympics triple jump.
For The Win:
Speaking with For The Win from Citi Field, where he was addressing a group of New York City school students as part of the Citi Kids program, Wilson outlined his plan to try and make it to Rio in the triple jump.
“I’ll be going back to school to get my degree and training for the Olympics,” Wilson said. “That’s something I really want to aspire to do now. I was the national champion twice in high school junior and senior year and was an All-American in college [at Virginia Tech].“
Wilson’s best triple jump performance was 16.20m which placed him sixth at the 2011 NCAA Championships, would’ve landed him tenth in the final heat of the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012. Moving his full focus to achieving another dream, Wilson has two years to prepare and look to land on the Olympic team in 2016.
Wilson also noted that he would be exploring some broadcasting opportunities before deciding where he will begin his training.
It’s a nice story for Wilson who gave an emotional farewell speech on the day he announced his NFL retirement at just 23. During his speech he said he would be chasing another dream, and he’s doing just that with his pursuit of the Olympics triple jump.
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