Q: What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?
A: If you check out this knee brace down here, I blew out my ACL and MCL. My knee buckled, I fell down, I got a penalty because somebody tripped over me. Got sent to the penalty box. As I’m skating to the penalty box with my knee not really attached anymore, I sat down and thought, ‘This can’t be good.’ I got released from the penalty box, skated for about 30 more seconds and then realized I didn’t have ligaments in my knee. Two surgeries later, I’m back.
Q: And still fearless?
A: Still fearless. Look at the brace.
Q: What were your sports before this?
A: Soccer player and also a pole vaulter. Maybe that’s where I lost a little fear.
Q: Are there any famous athletes you’d like to get on the track?
A: I channel Adrian Peterson. I’m a jammer and I try to visualize him going through the pack all speedy fast. Adrian: If you see this someday, give me a call. You’re my hero!
Q: You know, under a pile of NFL players there’s pinching, there’s grabbing. Are those antics replicated on the flat track?
A: I guess sometimes there’s pinching trying to shuffle through. If you are on the ground, you try to get up as fast as you can. Luckily, there’s no eye-gouging, which I hear happens in those [NFL] scrums.
Q: Does the trash talking on the track follow you off the track?
A: Do you count the locker room? Then yes. And the warm-up track? Yes.