Tyson Gay is Healthy and Ready to Roll
For so long, pain has followed Tyson Gay around the track.
If it wasn't his hamstring giving him grief in a workout, it was his surgically repaired hip or groin. He's almost grown accustomed to the ever-present aches that have haunted him over his career, even come to expect them at certain points in his training routine.
So the other day when the American 100-meter record holder opened up around a curve in Clermont, Fla., he nearly stopped mid-stride as he felt, well, nothing.
No twinge in his hip. No tweak in his groin. No tightness in his hamstring.
That hasn't happened in years.
"Things are finally going in a good direction," Gay said in a telephone interview.
At 30 and in the twilight of his career, Gay is training wiser to give his body more of a break. He intends to be around — and healthy — for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, hoping to capture that elusive individual Olympic sprint medal and maybe, just maybe, do what no one has been able to do lately — close the gap on Usain Bolt.