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.