We are excited to be welcoming Curtis Beach to Altis. The 24 year old who ran his first track season in 1998 started out as a distance runner; but is now an accomplished Decathlete with a PR of 8084. Following a successful High School track career while attending Albuquerque Academy, Beach then attended Duke University, where he made impressive progress – winning two NCAA titles in the process.
We chatted to Curtis to find out more about the move from his home town of Albuquerque, NM to Phoenix, AZ – where he is ready to start a new chapter of his life here at Altis.
What School did you attend and what is your Degree in?
Duke and my degree is in Psychology.
What events do you compete in, and what are your PR’s?
Mainly the Decathlon where my best score is 8084 points. I’ve also competed individually in the LJ (7.81m) and 800m (1:47.75).
Have you competed in other sports?
Cross Country and basketball in high school.
When you’re not on the track, what do you do?
Cheer for the Cleveland Browns, and sometimes try to invent random things that help with sports performance.
If you could have superhero powers, what would they be and why?
I think I’d want to time travel if that counts. It’d be fun and you’d have a ton of influence!
What’s your favorite movie?
How about your favorite meal?
Who is your sporting hero?
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Fix it before it’s broken.”
Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
No, just keep things pretty much the same as practice.
What are your career goals?
Honestly I don’t really have any right now, just going to work hard and let the results take care of themselves.
What do you hope to be doing after your athletic career is finished?
At this point, I would like to go into sports marketing or coaching.
What does Track & Field need to do to build its popularity in North America?
I feel like there needs to be an agreement so all of the top athletes in the world consistently go to the same few meets, every year. I don’t see why it can’t be like the Grand Slam series in tennis.
What does success look like to you?
Working hard at something that can make a difference, and enjoying that whole process.
What are the 3 most important factors that determine your success?
1. Taking on a positive mindset
2. Having a stable and balanced life
3. Having a great team to work with
What motivates you to reach this success?
The enjoyment you get from it and to see the positive difference it makes.
What has prevented you from succeeding in the past?
Putting too much pressure on myself and not adjusting my mindset when I needed to.
What could prevent you from succeeding in the future?
Not being willing to consistently adjust things to improve.
Why did you choose to join Altis?
It’s stacked with some of the best coaches and athletes in the world, seems to be a great team environment, and I love Phoenix.
What are you most looking forward to about being based here?
Learning from all the awesome coaches!
Is there anything you are dreading?!
Ummm nope haha!
To keep up to date with Curtis you can follow him here on Twitter or visit his website at www.curtisbeach.com