In the Fast Lane with Jose Acevedo
Aug. 1, 2008
Sprinter Jose Acevedo's impressive performance in the 200 meter dash at the Mideast Regional earned the Wildcat an opportunity to compete as a member of his home country of Venezuela's Olympic Track and Field squad. He broke the 200m dash National Record after crossing the line in 20.58. His time beat the Olympic "A" standard (20.59) qualifying him for the games. The rising senior's time ranks third all-time at UK behind former Olympian sprinter Tim Harden.
Leading up to and during the 2008 Beijing Games, Acevedo will periodically submit entries to provide personal insights on his first Olympic experience.
» WEDNESDAY | AUGUST 20, 2008
One of those details was the fact that I kept my fear inside of me and I did not let it show. That fear came back to me at the start and put me out of concentration. Even though my performance was not the best of this long season, I take it as a victory.
Being at the Olympic has been an incredible experience for me and everybody supporting me. I want to thank all of those people that followed me through UKathletics.com and the media. I also want to thank my teammates and all of the coaches. I have to thank Erin Tucker who has been an excellent coach and helped me get here. I want to thank my girlfriend and her family whom have supported me all the time. I thank the staff at CATS for their help and cooperation. It's a long list - lol.
I know my family won't be able to understand this, but I want to thank all of them. Even though they have never been in Kentucky they are honorary Wildcats. They have given me everything they can in order to make me who I am. I love them.
If I forgot somebody I'm really sorry, it is hard to remember all of those important people. Once again, thank you for the opportunity to represent you.
I almost forgot thank Jeremy for his wonderful work with the blogs lol...I'll see you guys soon in "Lex-Vegas!"
» MONDAY | AUGUST 11, 2008
» SATURDAY | AUGUST 9, 2008
» WEDNESDAY | AUGUST 6, 2008
» TUESDAY | AUGUST 5, 2008
I could communicate on internet with my family and friends. I talked to my beautiful girlfriend, Jessica. We are separated by miles of ocean and continents but I still can feel her unconditional support. Being away from "My Kentucky Home" reminds me how important people there have become for me. I want to thank people who have helped me to be here in Beijing. It is not necessary for me to say their names they already know who they are.
I am going to sleep. I will meet the track tomorrow.
» MONDAY | AUGUST 4, 2008
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