Who is Tyson Gay?
Before the Olympics. Before the 9.69. Before becoming the fastest man in American history--Tyson Gay was “just a country boy from Lexington, Kentucky who just ran for the love of track.
As the only son of three children, Tyson was born competing. His love for speed was fostered by fierce battles with his older sister who is a year older, and was seemingly always a step faster. Their rivalry is what inspired Tyson to chase greatness. Soon he would catch it.
Following a successful high school career, including a 10.46 state-meet record in 2001 which still stands, Tyson went on to become the first athlete in University of Arkansas history to win the NCAA 100m title.
Now, he is also a triple World Champion, an American Record Holder and the second fastest man in history. At the 2007 World Championships, Gay became only the second man in history to win titles at 100 meters, 200 meters and the 4x100-meter relay.
In May 2013 during the Jamaica invitational, Tyson tested positive for a banned substance. Praise quickly became persecution, as the USADA placed a one-year ban on Tyson, and stripped him of his 2012 Olympic Silver medal. Although the substance was consumed unbeknownst to Tyson, he humbly accepted the verdict—patiently waiting for the chance to prove the legitimacy of his greatness.
The 2016 Rio Olympic Games is that chance. The biggest stage in the world is set to be the final chapter in Tyson’s fairytale story of speed, rivalry and redemption. Accusations can be laid aside—blinded by gold. The second fastest man in history has a chance to become the first. And Tyson has the chance to prove he is who he always said he was: “just a boy from Lexington, Kentucky who just runs for the love of track.”
Join Tyson as he prepares for the biggest race of his career.