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August 12, 2012
Every four years the best of the best athletes in the world come out to compete for their country. This summer, Texas football player Marquise Goodwin earned the honor to represent the USA in the men's long jump competition.
After battling and training day in and day out, Goodwin's training paid off at the Olympic trials in Oregon, jumping a personal best of 27 feet 4 inches, which secured him a ticket to London to compete against the best in the world in his sport.
Goodwin's triumph did not last long in London. On August 4th, 2012, Marquise placed tenth overall in the men's long jump finals.
"I feel like I could have executed better. Obviously, if I hadn't have scratched I would have done a lot better. But it happens in this sport, it's not perfect all the time. Even some of the greatest have lost in that same stage at the same level."
Although Goodwin did not walk away with the gold, he takes confidence in knowing his personal best in competition would have won the gold.
"I definitely do take confidence in that. I scratched my first jump, woulda coulda shoulda, but it's time to move on."
Texas football coach Mack Brown was one of the many people who reached out to Goodwin after his defeat in London and gave him his coaching pep talk to lift Goodwin's spirits.
"It definitely helps. Just because one jump goes bad, I can't dwell on it. I try to apply that to life as well as football, I can't worry about the last play I just have to look forward. So he definitely helped. His pep talks always help. He's a very encouraging person as well as my teammates."
With the Olympics behind him, Goodwin is excited to get back on the football field to prepare to bring victory for the Longhorns.
"I have very high expectations, especially for this team. It's going to be good. I see myself doing a lot this year. This is my last year and I have to go out with a bang. I'm looking forward to this year."
Goodwin will take part in contact drills this week. Hear all about Goodwin's Olympic journey, including his "celebrity" treatment on his flight back to Texas.