Will Claye

what I’ve learned

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American long and triple jumper Will Claye took bronze and silver medals at the 2012 Olympics. These are some of the people inspiring him to push for gold in 2016…
Saffie Tunis
Saffie Tunis

Saffie Tunis: Mother and mentor

“My mother escaped war in Sierra Leone. Then in the U.S. she raised three boys while getting a doctorate in nutrition. She was there for every meet but didn’t push me. She just wanted me to get good grades and have fun. She taught me to hold myself to certain standards.”

Inspiration to take big steps…

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Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar

KENDRICK LAMAR: Hip-hop artist

“I feel so connected to him. Every song on his Good Kid, M.A.A.D City album is something I’ve been through growing up in Phoenix, from friends being shot to avoiding jail. I’ve seen how passionate he is on stage. Ever since, every competition, I try to bring as much passion as he does.”

Will Claye also has rhythm…

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Queen Harrison
Queen Harrison

QUEEN HARRISON: Girlfriend and hurdler

“The sacrifices that Queen makes to achieve her goals inspire me, and her dedication motivates me and makes me push harder. It’s why I’m excited for the 2016 Olympics: I’m putting in 100 percent to take myself to the next level.”

 

Deion Sanders
Deion Sanders

DEION SANDERS: Former NFL star

“I grew up liking Sanders. He had substance, but he was flashy. He made football more entertaining. His motto was, ‘Look good, feel good, play good.’ That always stuck with me. Pro sports are entertainment. I never take for granted that fans are watching.”

Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee

BRUCE LEE: Legendary martial artist and actor

“Lee said, ‘The stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.’ That resonated, as I’ve had to adapt a lot: switching schools, traveling, changing coaches. I’ve always done what I needed to do.”

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02 2016 The Red Bulletin

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