We are excited to announce the latest athlete to be joining Altis – 5 x All-American, Jeremy Dodson. 26 year old Dodson is a seasoned sprinter having made the 2011 World Championships Team in Daegu in the 200m, in addition to becoming Pan American Bronze Medalist in the same year. Recruitment Director, Andreas Behm is delighted with the new addition to the already high quality sprints group set to be based at Altis: “We are proud to be welcoming Jeremy to Altis- he is a tall, rangy, elastic athlete, who has virtually been coaching himself the last few years. It will be interesting to see how he will improve in a more structured training environment.”
In true Altis style, we sat down with Jeremy to welcome him to the family and find out more about him….
Jeremy, great to meet you – let’s get rolling!
What is your home-town?
How old are you?
26 years old! (80s baby haha)
What School did you attend and what is your Degree in?
University of Arkansas 2005-06
University of Colorado 2006-2010 (B.A. Economics, B.A. Sociology (Pre-Law), B.S. Neurophysiology)
What events do you compete in, and what are your PR’s?
100m: 10.00w, 10.16
Have you competed in other sports?
Yup, I was a Football Quarterback in High School, and participated in Basketball as well as a little bit of Baseball. Who would have guessed I ended up running track professionally!
When you’re not on the track, what do you do?
I want to say I do a lot when I am not on the track, but honestly I sleep. When not sleeping and track, I love movies, I can’t get enough of watching movies!
So what’s your favorite movie?
My all time favorite move is Forrest Gump. I watch it at least once a month.
What’s your ideal vacation?
I really want to take a cruise to Alaska. I’ll even go by myself since it is not an ideal vacation for majority of the population.
And your favorite meal?
Honestly, I know this isn’t ideal for anyone alive, but I am addicted to Ramen Noodles, period.
Who is your sporting hero?
My favorite sporting hero is Sonic the hedgehog from Sonic vs. Mario at the Olympics. I will be as fast as Sonic some day. However, I do admire several qualities of many sporting athletes (LeBron, FloJo, Kobayashi, etc) but I struggle to choose just one as I hope to someday be a hero for some.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Be Faithful in the small things, because it is in them that your strength lies.” Mother Teresa
How about any pre-meet rituals?
I try to watch at least one movie, of any sort, before heading out to any meet. It calms my mind by taking me away from the task ahead, relaxing me to perform well.
What’s on your playlist pre-competition?
I love music. I always have to make sure my iPod is charged before any meet. But I listen to a range of music, varying anywhere from Drake, Kid Ink, Logic, Big Sean, and even artists like Sam Smith, Odessa Rose, James Blake, or even Empire of the Sun.
What are your career goals?
The present goal is to Medal at 2016 Olympic Games. I do not simply want to make it there, I want to be the top contender in which ever event I end up doing. In doing so, I want to ultimately inspire people all over the world to do whatever reaches their heart.
What do you hope to be doing after your athletic career is finished?
After my athletic career, I hope that I would have inspired and motivated so many souls, that I could continue to do so afterwards, whether it is through coaching, mentoring, providing facilities, or raising money for scholarships, I want be the tool in which catapults anyone to act upon their passion.
What do you think Track & Field needs to do to build its popularity in North America?
North America, or particularly the U.S., is all about being a part of something, whether it is a sports team or new developments, the general public needs to feel involved. Anything from creating teams through state track federations, or holding entertaining meets, the sport needs to be reinvented. Show the public how fast track athletes are by having them line up against current football stars, dunking contests against basketball players, long jumping car lengths, whatever needs to be done to show the US just how incredible these athletes really are. Reinvention and educating is key to progressing, I believe.
What does success look like to you?
Success is having motivated as many people as possible by simply doing what you’ve been blessed to do.
What are the 3 most important factors that you feel determine your success?
Faith; Making the best with what you have been given; Loving what is being done.
And what motivates you to reach this success?
Besides the people given to me in my life, the God that has provided them.
What has prevented you from succeeding in the past?
Not saying that I have not succeeded yet, because the journey is still continuing, but as an elite sprinter, the lack of a coach, proper facilities, liveable weather, any sort of sports med does make it difficult to compete with the best. Although, overall, it has been lack of Faith that has limited me in doing whatever I can.
What do you think could prevent you from succeeding in the future?
Nothing can prevent me from succeeding in the future. Through these previous tough years of “struggling”, it has been a time of slowing myself down, and perfecting my faith and even my sight as to the path I should be taking for my life.
Why did you choose to join Altis?
After some troubling years, I can finally make a move to further progress my career as a sprinter. So in doing so, after a person defines themselves, they then have to choose an environment suitable for growth. Altis provides that environment.
What are you most looking forward to about being based here?
I’m looking forward to finally turning my brain off, and fully commit it to being a full-time athlete!
And finally, is there anything you are dreading?!