Former Iowa Wesleyan athlete seeks spot in 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
Nigel Talton has had Olympic aspirations for as long as he can remember.
Even when he was running track for Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant a decade ago, the Georgia native had dreams of competing in the Olympics.
Talton, now 29, is still pursuing his dream.
Talton will compete in the USATF Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Talton will compete in the 60-meter dash, with his yes on advancing to the Olympic Trials June 19-28 in Eugene, Oregon.
Talton is looking forward to the challenge and moving one step closer to realizing a lifelong dream.
"I really miss competing in track," said Talton, who set the Iowa Wesleyan men's outdoor record in the 100-meter dash at 10.54 seconds in 2010. "This weekend I want to finish in the top five, maybe even top three, and set a personal best. That would mean the world to me because I wasn't able to compete last year."
Talton, who works for the Atlanta Braves in the persona of 'The Freeze' and races participants from foul line to foul line between inning at home games, suffered a hamstring injury which kept him from competing in track last year.
Two years ago, he even tried his hand at making the U.S. Olympic team in the Bobsled and Skeleton, and he made a good impression.
"They invited me to their camp because of my speed and I did really good, so they asked me to come back," Talton said.
Talton said he contemplated giving up on his Olympic dream after getting injured last year, but now is back in full training with Dwight Phillips, a four-time world champion in the long jump.
Talton still has plenty of gas in the tank and plans to make a serious run at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity," said Talton, who will report to spring training Feb. 22 in Florida to resume his job as 'The Freeze.' "I'm eager to get out there and see how I do."