Q&A with Kurt Felix
Aug. 10, 2015
Broncosports.com recently caught up with one of the all-time Bronco greats, Kurt Felix. The 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Champion in the decathlon competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics, earned a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and recently earned the silver at the 2015 Pan American Games. With having just tallied a career-best 8,269 points a month ago at the Pan American Games, Felix is looking forward to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Kurt: It's always an honor and pleasure to represent my country at that level.
Q: Many track and field experts say that decathletes peak in their late 20’s – you’ll be 28 years old next July. How does your body feel as you are beginning to move into the prime of your athletic career?
Kurt: My body feels great. I've learned how to listen to my body and pay attention to what it's telling me. That will be the key to staying healthy and maximizing on these peak years.
Q: You won the decathlon at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Since three years has passed since then, has the significance of that accomplishment set in any more than when you initially won it?
Kurt: It does with time, because I learned that the decathlon comes down to who makes the least amount of mistakes on the day, and also who has the most mental toughness. It's all about being consistent and grinding throughout the 10 events.
Q: Is there one mental picture or specific memory you can still vividly recall from that week at Drake University?
Kurt: Crossing the finish line during the 1,500 knowing that I was the champion. I went into the competition ranked No. 4, and to see my name at top of the scoreboard was a happy feeling.
Q: After winning at NCAA’s you were competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London two months later, what was that turnaround like?
Kurt: My mindset had to switch from me competing against the best in the NCAA, to competing against the best in the world. These were the guys who I normally followed and looked up to, so I had to mentally prepare myself.
Kurt: I would say the United Kingdom because of the atmosphere and experience at the London Games in 2012, and also the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glassglow. You really felt the energy from the crowd when they were cheering.
Kurt: Pan Am was a real confidence builder. It helped me put into perspective what can be achieved in the future. It also helps due to the fact that some of the events that I have struggled with in the past are now becoming competitive in respect to my other competitors.
Kurt: My training wouldn't change that much. Just have to continue finding ways to improve and perform at a consistent high level in each event and build on what we have been working on so far.
I'm pretty excited to get a chance to go at it again. This time with more expectations and drive to compete and finish strong.
Kurt: My time at Boise state was great. Having the opportunity to study and obtain my degree through track and field was rewarding in itself. I've made lifelong friends and the support from my teammates, Bronco track and field, coaching staff, academic staff and Bronco fans were superb. Being a student-athlete, one has to have a certain level of discipline, and having a staff that was dedicated in making sure that we maintain such discipline both in the class and on the field was key. Go Broncos!
Kurt: The perfect day off. Hmm… If I'm home I like to go to the beach and relax, but other than that I just lay around on the couch and watch movies on Netflix or Red Box.
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