Author: Isaac Harron/Chad Matthus
Where the journey began:
In 2012, watching the London Olympics. Le' Sean Merritt was my idol and seeing him in action in 2012 gave me the confidence to be an Olympic
Hardest obstacle to overcome:
Hamstring injuries put a hindrance on reaching my full capability while at tiffin over my three year career
Most enjoyable aspect of becoming an Olympian: the journey has been the most memorable aspect of becoming an Olympian. From two schools during my collegiate career, to being a small town kid from Steubenville. All of this has been a memorable journey
Was it an easy transition from track to skeleton: this was something I have been training for my whole life. The transition between track and field and skeleton was rather seamless because of the similarities in training styles.
How does Ja'Quan relax: being able to catching up with friends in family while home. Playing Xbox is my favorite thing because it allows me to put my mind at ease from track and field for a second.
What was your favorite thing about being at the Olympic training facility : the competition. The competition created a monster within myself that I needed to tap into in order to be the best athlete I could possibly be. The competitiveness also creates a very strong bond between all of the athletes competing because we're striving for the same goal .
What would it mean to you to be able to represent your country at the highest level?
It would mean that all of the hard work and dedication paid off and he would feel like nothing could stop him. The most meaningful aspect to him his bringing home the gold medal.
What motivates you to work so hard?
He keeps in mind the people who have had their doubts about him and his capabilities of making it to where he is now, and where he wants to be.
What did you do to prepare for your first trip to Utah?
Waking up at 5:30 for two weeks straight to get his mind and body in the right shape to take on the workload he was going to see in Utah.
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Q: How did you get the name "The Cougar?"
A: The story about “the cougar” is actually pretty funny. About 4 years ago I was at a race in Alabama. +30 was on the line with college boy, the boy to my left was racing college boy and he told me good luck and that he had never raced a female in the college boy class and I told him not to worry I wasn’t racing his class. Him and his dad got super confused and were like the only other class is vet +30 and started to ask if I got my motos mixed up. I started laughing and was like no I’m racing +30 and the boy goes “ damn then you’re a cougar!” Lmao . The story didn’t stop there, two weeks later I was at a race in Illinois and same gate scenario except we were on the line with schoolboy 1 and the kid next to says you can’t ride a
4 stroke in this class. I told him I was racing the vet class and I’ll never forget his response “HOLY SHIT YOU'RE THE COUGAR !!!!”....from then on it just stuck. Ironically I love big cats; tigers, lions, jaguars, cougars etc. My left arm is a full sleeve of big cats and I have 3 more lion tattoos . If the shoe fits.
Q: How long have you been fighting fires?
A: I have been a firefighter/EMT for over 12 years. I spent the last 10 years on the same department but I’m transitioning out of full time emergency services and on to new things .
Q: What are your Moto goals for 2019?
A: My moto goals for 2019 are the same as every year. TO HAVE A BLAST AND MEET AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE!!! I'm all about having fun!
My greatest life accomplishment is definitely the fact that I never gave up on myself or my dreams. I encourage others to do the same.
Q: Greatest life accomplishment, and also greatest Moto accomplishment?
A: There are things I’ve accomplished in moto that I’ve always dreamed of; collecting tickets to Loretta’s and also winning a title at Freestone are for sure big achievements for me but my greatest moto accomplishment is, even given my age and very late start, I continue to drive forward and try to improve every time I ride. I set goals for every ride and achieving those goals consistently is bar far my greatest accomplishment in moto.
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Q: Tell everyone about yourself, and some of your greatest moments at WVU?
A: Hello for the ones that don’t know me or much about me my name is Noel Devine. I’m 30 years old a father of five. Desirae is my oldest, she is 13. She plays travel softball year round and plays the middle school sports volleyball, track, and basketball. Andre is 13, he plays football, baseball, and track. Destyni is 11, she runs track and made junior Olympics two years. Noel Devine 3rd, he’s 6 years old and he plays football, baseball, and track. And baby Noah will find his identity chasing after his siblings trying to keep up. My Significant Other name is Candace.
One of my greatest moments in West Virginia was when I took the field my first game and the crowd stood up and gave me a standing ovation, clapping and cheering excited to see if the hype was real about Devine.
Q: How much does it mean to you to be back in the great state of West Virginia and playing for such a successful organization as the West Virginia Roughriders?
A: Coming back to the great state of West Virginia is a great opportunity for me in a perfect situation with the best organization the Roughriders. It’s a great opportunity to play football back in front of the greatest fans in the world. I feel great about coming back to West Virginia. I’m looking forward to bringing the city out and showing everyone a good time watching the Roughriders.
Q: I know you started your own training company. Tell everyone a little about what DEVINESPEED is and what type of training they would get if they decided they wanted to get trained by DEVINESPEED?
A: I started DevineSpeed back at home in Fort Myers Florida in 2015. I enjoy training others - it’s all about the growth to me. The development of discipline, work ethic, drive and determination. Physical fitness pushing and challenging yourself to become better is the same in life. Work building champion characteristics into athletes so they have a strong foundation for life.
- Improves speed
-First Step Acceleration
If you train with me you should expect to work hard give 110%, these are college routine workouts that I’ve done before college or I learned after college, so it’s intense. You will get hands on experience. I’ll show you how to do the rep and tell you how to. You can expect to get faster quicker and stronger.
Q: What is your current 40 time? (FAN Q)
A: My current 40 time is 4.4.
If I joined DevineSpeed for a 6 week program I could reach a 4.3-maybe 4.2.
Q: Do you enjoy getting out in the community and giving back?
A: I'm a family man and I’m always doing something with my family, taking kids to practices and training kids. I like being in the community giving back my time and knowledge to the youth. Getting out in the community meeting people getting to know my surroundings is important to me.
Q: When will the fans expect to see you up here in Wheeling, WV?
A: Fans should expect to see me around Wheeling at the end of January!