Hailing from Coquitlam, BC, two time Canadian Champion, Kyle Nielsen is the latest athlete set to join Altis Canada. The 25 year old Javelin thrower with a PR of 77.24m, is “a character guy with a big arm” explained Altis Canada Head Coach, Laurier Primeau: “He has very good kinesthetic awareness which makes him incredibly coachable. Having Gerry Ramogida on site at training will make a big difference to the health preservation that we are after, especially in an event that is so violent on the body.”
We chatted to Kyle to find out more…
What School did you attend and what is your Degree in?
University of Washington … GO DAWGS! I was an individualized Studies Major with a focus in Environmental Construction and received a Bachelor of Arts.
Have you competed in other sports?
I tried just about everything growing up. I was focusing on Hockey until I broke my collar bone twice in the same season and shifted my focus to track and field.
When you’re not on the track, what do you do?
Sleep. Eat. Xbox. Usually just relaxing at home.
What has been the highlight of your career in Track & Field so far?
There’s been quite a few so far, winning two national titles so far, but throwing a new PB and a new school record to win the 2011 NCAA Prelims take the cake.
What’s your favorite movie?
INCEPTION! Were they still in a dream? Crazy ending to that one!
How about your favorite meal?
Has to be Pizza!
Who is your sporting hero?
Donovan Bailey and THE GREAT ONE Wayne Gretzky.
Do you have a favorite quote?
Be willing to change, or be willing to perish. – Doug Lipp
Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
Nothing special, I like to sleep in, watch some TV or a Movie early in the day then a couple hours before the competition I like to listen to music and just hang out with friends.
What’s on your playlist if you listen to music before competitions?
Any sets from Hardwell, W&W, Calvin Harris or just some regular Top 40 songs.
What are your career goals?
Winning a medal at the Olympics of course.
What do you hope to be doing after your athletic career is finished?
I’d like to stay involved in Track & Field after I’m done competing whether that’s through coaching or something else.
What does Track & Field need to do to build its popularity in North America?
I would say introduce streamlined meet schedules that still showcase all the event groups. Betting on events could be a fun idea too. It’s hard to compete with Hockey for popularity in Canada though.
What does success look like to you?
Meeting and surpassing my goals.
What are the 3 most important factors that determine your success?
Health, Happiness, Motivation
What motivates you to reach this success?
The incredible rush I’ve felt every time I’ve put on the Team Canada uniform to represent my country.
What has prevented you from succeeding in the past?
I’ve had some injuries the past couple of years.
Why did you choose to join Altis?
I actually took a tour of Altis when I was down in Phoenix for some warm weather training in 2009. It was amazing seeing everything that was available to the athletes to help them succeed. I’ve known Laurier for several years now, and when I heard he had been named Head Coach of Altis Canada I knew I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.
What are you most looking forward to about being based here?
Being in BC, close to family and friends. The ability to take advantage of using Altis facilities in Phoenix during the cold months up North. Being surrounded by other athletes striving to become the best they can be.
Is there anything you are dreading?!
I’ve got red hair, and I hear that Phoenix sun can get pretty hot.
Kyle is on Twitter. You can follow him here.