My name is Norris Frederick II and I am an Olympic hopeful, training to represent the United States in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. I have been a long jumper for ten years now, where every last inch of the jump I produce counts. My life for the past ten years has been measured in inches. While I have won 11 All American titles in my college career, been in the top ten world ranking for my event and have been ranked as the number one long jumper in the world, I still feel I have not done enough. I not only want to have the best record in the world; I want to attain an Olympic Gold Medal.
I grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington in 2008. During my time at the University of Washington I won what was then called the Pac-10 Championships, Indoor Conference Championships three consecutive years, a Regional Championship and the Runner-Up at the National Championships. Jumping as high as seven feet three inches, and as long as twenty-six feet eight inches to round out my college career. I was named the West Region Male Athlete of the year for three years in a row.
My goals as a professional athlete are simple and straight to the point. I want to leave my sport with a name that lingers around until the end of time. When someone mentions track and field I want my name to pop up in each sentence, as one of the greatest. More importantly, I want to use my athletic success as a platform to give back to my community, which has given me more than I could ever ask, by sharing my life story and how I got to where I am today. While the world has measured my success in inches, I find that my legacy can be more accurately measured by the impact I can have on my community by investing in others, in the same way my community has invested in me.