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Olympic medallist Jarrin Solomon says
it was an honour to be selected by the T&T
Olympic Committee (TTOC) and energy
company bpTT to take part in a week-long
High Performance Summit hosted by the
Michael Johnson Performance (MJP) Cen-
tre, held at the Michael Johnson World
Training Centre in McKinney, Texas. The
Summit ended on Saturday.
Solomon, the 400-metre specialist who
has won a number of medals for T&T on
the 4x400m relay teams at major events as
the IAAF World Championships and the
Olympics was among nine locals--seven ath-
letes and two coaches--who underwent and
witnessed strength and endurance training
sessions, tips on reducing injury and strate-
gies to further boast performances leading
up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Other athletes attending the summit were
Richard Thompson, Kelly-Ann Baptiste,
Michelle-Lee Ahye, Semoy Hackett, Machel
Cedenio, Mikel Thomas, Emmanuel Cal-
lender and Wayne Davis III.
Four-time Olympic medallist Ato Boldon
and fellow coach, Eric Francis attended the
Summit too, which the TTOC made part of
its #10Gold24 athlete preparation pro-
The Road to Rio Summit focused on
preparing podium ready athletes in media
and mental conditioning exercises, too.
In a T&T Guardian interview at the week-
end Solomon, 29, said it was clear that offi-
cials at the TTOC and bpTT believed he
could either secure another medal for this
country or multiple medals in Rio.
"I learnt a lot from MJP, because at MJP
they focus a lot on fine tuning the specifics;
to get that extra out of elite athletes already
at the top of their game," he said.
Solomon expressed delight in being able
to access corrective exercise methods
designed to make his body stronger, tar-
geting the hips which might have
been out of alignment, and
strengthening them to re-
"We really didn t
focus on one aspect
of training. It s
more of getting the
strength out of the
entire body so that we
are able to train to the max-
imum potential and work hard
without, hopefully, having injuries.
We did a lot of things focused on
preventing injuries," he said.
"I learnt that I work hard. They
pointed out that I work hard. I am
usually the first in the building and
the last to leave, because I am trying
to fine tune and get everything I can
out of the day. I m not an athlete to
cut corners, to not do things that
are on my programme. I learnt that
to be the best, you have to push
yourself and continue to do the small things
and if you don t want to do those last set
of push-ups, then it would show up on the
tracks. So get everything done and be as
thorough as possible."
It was not his first outing at MJP, however.
Being proactive, he reached out to
the TTOC back in 2014 and made
an application to attend the facil-
ity with the blessings of the
national sporting organisation.
He said TTOC president Brian
Lewis and his executive
approved the request
which started his jour-
ney from his home in
New Mexico to MJP
he said, added more
pages to his training
described the atmosphere
at MJP as "really cool" and
went on to describe training
facilitators as "really profes-
Even though it was not his
first time at MJP, Solomon
remained blown away by the
quality of international ath-
letes that journeyed to the
facility be it from the NFL, golf, bull-riding,
track and field and basketball.
"It s a great atmosphere to have some of
the best athletes in the world from multiple
disciplines of sports, be at a place, at the
same time and learn from each other, seeing
how the others train. It was important to
be with my national teammates working, as
well as with Mr Lewis and Rheeza Grant
from the TTOC.
It was important to be with them to show
that they are committed to winning a medal
as well, and to show that they (TTOC) are
willing to work hard and (are) putting in the
work to get a medal.
It was good to have us all there trying to
learn and do different things. Although some
of us are on different programmes and we
have different workouts set out by our own
personal coaches, it s good to see that every-
body was getting the same tests done; see
how the other guys tests and see how we
match up with each other," he said.
"We are all competitors, so in certain
things, you know, we would see what the
other guy did and try and do it better.
So, it was good to have all of us there at
the same time, feeding off each other, feeding
off the energy of each other.
You can feel it s an Olympic year and peo-
ple want to put in that extra work to get
another medal, because there is no better
feeling than to get an Olympic medal and
to come back to T&T and (have) everybody
support us and love what we are doing."
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