Trenten Merrill, a well-known and intelligent man, talks to HollywoodLife about the importance of ‘smart, non-violent training’ before competing in the Tokyo Paralympics.
Follow with a Paralympian section Trenten Merrill he lost his right foot after being hit by a car at the age of 14, which led to his circumcision – but it did not stop him from chasing his dream of running. Now a 31-year-old American historian jumps long to be divided (with a 25-foot jump and 5.5 inches, to be precise) heading to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
The athletes debuted at the Paralympic in Rio in 2016. This time, his gold search begins on September 1. His biggest competition this year (besides him)? “My biggest competition apart from myself is a long German jumper and his name is Markus Rehm, ”Trenten recently admitted to HollywoodLife. “I have a lot of competition and I just go to war to win!”
Trenten’s confidence is something that has not changed, even on the day of his accident at the age of 14. “While in the hospital, [I still had] I hope I can be a runner again, ”he told HL. “When I received my guide, that was a turning point in my life. . . I knew I could handle it. He added, “When I face the failures and obstacles I face, courage is something God has given me. He informed me that I was made to deal with all the difficulties I had to go through. I want to help more people by speaking in public or writing books.”
Before his first race in Tokyo, the Paralympian spoke to HL about his preparations, stealing lunch, dreams after the Paralympic, and much more. Read the discussion below.
HollywoodLife: When it comes to coaching this year, how did you prepare?
Trenten Merrill: This year, I have to focus more on repairing my spine. As a result, I was unable to teach much about the fall. I had severe sciatica. I had a herniated disc. I have to pay close attention to daily walks. I had to do this all season long so I could do it. That’s why I have to exercise more than it usually is. And that’s not a problem. I just need to teach wisely, not hard this year. This year to teach me to do my best I think every Paralympian should take care of things wisely that you can’t control. And sometimes they can manage injuries, and not for all athletes. Just talk on my behalf. I’m a good thinker.
In some cases, when you experience stress and injury in your body and you are unable to produce the same energy, you need to think about the risks that come with the practice. If I feel I am on the way, I will repeat the recovery. This means getting more rest and having higher performance instead of having more. For me, this is one of the things I have to do this year. It’s about smart education, not complexity.
What would you say is the biggest idea about Paralympians?
One of them is that people are often confused by the Special Olympics because they have never heard of the Disabled. But they have heard of the special Olympics because the Special Olympics are well known and marketed. [Paralympics] That means it is similar to the Olympics and is filled with all athletes with disabilities. We all compete with people who have the same or very similar disabilities. Another misconception is for me in particular, running or jumping on an artificial leg. That is a privilege. But there is an obvious disadvantage, having an organ that is not tied to your body. You don’t have that mindset, physical awareness of how you can live or receive.
A lot of people think it might be a chance, but you can see it in some competitions especially in certain situations where there are difficulties when there is a bad start. Because I have two different legs (I have a creature on my left and a drawing on my right) it is too hard for me to reconcile. Jump again. I’ve been wasting too much time to get away with my shows. My design takes a lot of time and error testing. Some misconceptions may seem simple at times, but there are more hours spent at the level we do.
Do you ever have a deceptive day with food? If so, what does it look like?
I pick up pizza after the race. I’ll be very tough on myself, and then after the race, I see it as a celebration. I would have had a lot of pepperoni pizza and then I would have had a pizookie. Because I have a strict diet, I have not been able to do this this year… but one thing I have always allowed [are] Oreos, that is, from time to time, [but I] I can’t always do it… I have to be faithful to my diet for most of the season. I can often run away from where I would be exercising when there is a lot of exercise but as we get closer to the competition, I want more energy.
What are some of your ambitions after the Paralympics? Books? Indications? Can you continue? Dancing With the Stars? You are also getting involved in modeling.
I’m looking forward to doing more [and] expect to have more time once the season is over. It will be a good break from education and it will be a good excuse for me to stay consistent, which is why I am looking to expand my role model. I’m willing to act like that Dancing With the Stars. As a kid I told myself that there were three things I wanted to be and he was a professional athlete, bodybuilder, and athlete. I would love to start acting when the time is right. I don’t know when that time but the opportunity will be open.
I want to look in the literature. My life story, it was not easy and success has not been easy. There has been a lot of hard work… I would love to encourage and help people. I’m not the only one [has experienced] all failures or obstructions or serious accidents. I want to share my story. . . Sometimes the help is when you can tell someone who has succeeded, and I see that they have experienced difficulties that you can understand. ”
This conversation has been modified to make it clearer. To learn more about Team USA, visit TeamUSA.org. Tokyo Crippleds from August 24 on NBC.