As the track and field Olympic Trials approached this past summer, Eric Werskey began to second-guess himself.
“I was kind of down and out,” the 25-year-old Seymour native said. “I was just dealing with a lot of injuries that kind of bled me dry. I was just kind of down. I was very close to not even going to the trials because I was just tired of waking up with my body hurting all of the time.”
But about two weeks before heading to Eugene, Ore., Werskey threw the shot put a season-best 64 feet, 1 inch, and that boosted his confidence and provided reassurance.
After the first day of competition, he needed to be in the top 12 to make it to the finals the following day. He was seeded 17th and placed 12th despite a downpour that day. In the finals, he finished ninth.
While the shot-putter didn’t make the Olympic team, he ended up receiving the opportunity to live at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for the next few years leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro.
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