arrived in London at the 2012 Olympic Games Thursday. The former Red Raider will compete in the discus.
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July 26, 2012
U.S. Olympian and former Texas Tech student-athlete Jason Young arrived in London today in preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Young recently completed training camp with the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team in Birmingham, Ala., and will participate in the highly-anticipated Opening Ceremonies on Friday night in front of an international audience.
Young is joined by six former Texas Tech athletes at the 2012 Olympics.
TexasTech.com caught up with Young Thursday morning to discuss his experience leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games.
Young is scheduled to compete in the qualifying round of the men's discus on Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. (BST).
Texas Tech Athletics Communications:
How did you feel training camp in Birmingham with U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team went, and did you get what you wanted accomplished?
Training camp in Birmingham was an important step for everybody on the U.S. track team. They kind of had an elective to show up there when they wanted. I got there on July 20. The camp went very well, the accommodations were just fantastic. We had our own track facility to train at and everybody in Birmingham was very happy to have us there. It was pretty cool.
How was your trip over to London, and what was your first impression of the Olympic Village?
I actually had to come over to London for my accreditation, and when I got here today everything was mostly the same. There are just a lot more people than were here the first time I came around. Everything here is just awesome, the food is great, there are lots and lots of options with different types of foods from different regions. The room situation is very nice, and so far there really hasn't been anything that has been a major issue.
Are you still planning on participating in the Opening Ceremonies on Friday night?
I will participate in the ceremonies. It should be a lot of fun. Hopefully we will not have to be on our feet for six or eight hours, but I think it will be manageable because the U.S. will be one of the last teams to walk in.
What has this entire experience since you qualified been like?
The last month has been crazy. The last month I have been doing what I normally do, plus like 20 other things that I don't normally do. That's kind of what this experience is. You're going into a track and field competition with the same guys that you have competed against for years and years, but obviously it is a much larger stage and lots of other people involved whether it be track and field athletes, weight lifters, gymnasts, basketball players - all of the top athletes in the world are here to compete on one stage.
Coming into it experience-wise, there is nothing to compare it to. Obviously we have track and field competition to do, but all the other things around the competition are just bigger than life.
You mentioned before your left for London that your ultimate goal is to medal, where is your confidence at following training camp and heading into the Olympic Games?
I'm ready to rock. The training camp for me is a situation that I try to get into and spend some days with a really sharp focus and really sharp intent on certain things that I want to accomplish in my training. Over the last five days I have had about 10 training sessions with an average of about two-a-day. That is kind of the way I train normally.
The training camp environment is basically is just wake up, train, eat, sleep and train. That's not something that us American throwers get to take advantage of a lot. I kind of took advantage of that opportunity as much as I could.
Coming in, as long as I'm sharp on those things, I'm going to be good to go. You never know what's going to happen in the meet, but I'm going to be as ready as I possibly can be.
Talk about the balance needed to soak in the atmosphere of the Olympic Games while also focusing on what you want to accomplish in your event.
I think for me it's not going to be tough to balance. Maybe for younger athletes it might be tough to balance. The Opening Ceremonies is a huge event and it's something that you don't want to miss as an athlete. But one of the things about it is, the ceremonies take place, but everybody is here to experience the highest level of performance that they can in their competition.
For me, I'm actually having a small competition the day after the ceremonies as well. That is something that I feel that I need - just because it gets you back in the mentality of being prepared for the training and being prepared for the competition versus being in la-la land.
I'm going to go right back into my training and right back into my normal schedule and basically for the next week or so after the ceremonies be really getting everything ready to go so that when the qualifying and finals are here, I'm the most ready that I can possibly be.