Victor Davis: Canadian Swagger
Davis is a Canadian track and field athlete born in Toronto, Ontario. He won both the men’s 100-meter and 200-meter events at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
He won the gold on “super-human” grounds, as the Canadian Olympic Committee calls it, because he had a hit-and-run accident in a taxi just three weeks before the Olympic finals. His injuries were so bad that he couldn’t even stand up at the award ceremony.
Before the 1984 Olympic Games, he had won only one medal, a bronze in the 100-meter sprint at the 1979 Pan-American Games. It was not until after the 1984 Summer Olympics that he won his second medal, a silver medals in the 100-meters at the 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow, USSR.
In 1992, his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, was the host of the Olympic Games. He was the only runner from the same metropolitan area to have competed in both those Olympic Games.
When asked what it takes to become a champion, Davis said:
Ecuador: 1982 World Championships
It started when I was 14. I read the write-up about the 1964 Olympic champion, a Cuban named Angel Valodia Teye … They said he had demonstrated the greatest progress of anyone in the world, leaping from mid-nineties to an Olympic gold medal in less than two years.
That was cool with me, because I was not a runner. I was a running.
I participated in the 1968 Marathon Trials and got third place. I ran six to eight miles every day.
The biggest breakthrough for me was when I ran the Olympic Trials three years later. I ran the marathon in 2:15:56, and lost to Frank Shorter by two minutes.
The next Olympic Trials were in November 1971. I dropped the mile down to 4:56 and ran the marathon in 2:14:29. Everybody said I would have won if I had started with the front group. After this race, my coach and I had a disagreement, so I quit. I went back to the six-miler and started training without a coach.
Then I read about a coach named Alberto Salazar. I was interested in changing things up in my life, and I knew that you learn more from your defeats than your victories, so I got in my car and went to Oregon.
The Enfant Terrible of Swimming
When you think of Olympic champions, you probably picture a disciplined and mature grownup – that is definitely not the Victor Davis, who was a mere 13 years old when he won his first Olympic gold medal.
Imagine a kid who trains for hours upon hours a day, watched his father get deported, and yet still manages to have an unbelievable career.
When Davis grew up, he said that he had the best life possible – he swam five hours a day and came home to a dorm with his little brother and two little sisters. From an early age, he became the best at that he could because his father said that if his son was the best at anything, he could stay in the US and not be deported to the Philippines, where they came from.
Now, he said that he is an average player, so he probably didn’t enjoy all of that training. But the reason why he still did it is that he was a special case. His motive to become the best wasn’t the same as the ordinary athlete.
What does that mean? It means that to really succeed at anything, you have to find a way to make it special for YOU.
The City of Angels is home to some of the biggest celebrities and athletes in the world. Living in a city like Los Angeles provides you with the chance to experience all that Hollywood has to offer.
On the flip side, it also means that you’re surrounded by temptation – everything from a fancy car to a beautiful home to a delicious meal. As we all know, these things come with a cost. If you don’t watch out, you can end up losing sight of your weight loss goals as you get seduced by the many wonderful things in and around LA—.
But if you’re willing to make a few simple lifestyle changes, you can live an active, healthy lifestyle and stay committed to your fitness goals no matter where you live.
For Olympic weightlifting champion Victor Davis, moving to Los Angeles meant reprogramming himself to eliminate the bad food choices in his life. He knew that to succeed, he would have to practice moderation and self-discipline beyond what he had experienced before.
In talking about what he had to give up to succeed on and off the field, he shared,.
“He Lived Life to the Fullest.”
Victor Davis was born on September 5, 1992, and he died on December 28, 2012, at the age of 20. He was born in the United States of America, but later moved to Laguna Beach, California.
He was an incredible athlete. He also loved the water. He was a soccer player, swimmer, and BASE jumper. Victor trained, took part, and eventually won championships all over the world. In fact, he set two world records at the National Swimming Championships.
BASE jumping, which involves jumping from a platform of fixed objects, was done by Victor as his YouTube channel demonstrates. He joined a group of BASE jumpers who built a jump off a railroad trestle over a river in Benicia, California. His Facebook page describing that event is shown below.
The life of this young man is a lesson in ambition. He wanted to be the best at everything, and he was willing to put in the hard work to achieve his goals.
In 2009, Victor was offered a scholarship to USC, the University of Southern California. He received the NCAA Male Swimmer of the year award in the same year.
The ceremony was held in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 5, 2009.
Victor’s Impact on Swimming and Beyond.
The first Olympic gold medalist for the United States in swimming, and the only American to win the Olympic 100-meter freestyle race in both the 1904 and 1908 Olympic games, Victor Davis is truly a swimming legend.
Victor was born in Illinois on February 21, 1878. During his childhood, he moved to Colorado, where he stayed until he moved to St. Louis, Missouri to attend Washington University. He spent his summers swimming, from an early age on, in the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio rivers.
After college, he worked at a Chicago newspaper and was active in swimming clubs, where he trained and coached other swimmers. In the 1904 St. Louis Olympics, he won a gold medal for the 100-meter freestyle. Then, four years later at the London Olympics, he took home the gold for the same event. He also won silver for the 400-meter freestyle race.
Upon his return, Victor set several world records. After this, in 1906, his friends encouraged him to begin a swimming school. Later, he founded the first US swimming magazine in 1907. In 1912, Victor moved to California, where he started a swimming school, then ten years later he moved to Santa Monica.
There, he began coaching Hollywood stars such as Johnny Weissmuller, Esther Williams, and Buster Crabbe. While coaching, he also wrote a number of swimming-themed books.
How do I Get Motivated to Get My First Pull-up?
When you think about pull ups, you probably imagine the rock hard abs and ripped back of a Navy Seal, or maybe even the ultra-muscular arms of prime Arnold. And you’re probably thinking that the only way you’ll have the physique of a Navy Seal is if you already have abs of steel and guns that put Arnold to shame. But, there’s good news! Proper training can get you a lot closer to your first pull up … and maybe even get you one.
The goal of this post is to get you motivated to get your first pull up! My advice is to start small, rather than shoot for a big, one-time goal. To do this, you’ll want a training program that will allow you to set smaller, achievable goals every week.
There are thousands of good exercise programs out there, but, some of the most effective are the simple ones. The key is to pick a program that will help you slowly build up the strength and stamina necessary to get closer and closer to your first pull up.
So how do you find a program that works?
Ask around. Talk to your friends, teammates and fellow gym-goers to get their opinions.