Former Giants RB David Wilson to Pursue Olympic Dream


It looks like David Wilson isn’t going to let his injury forced retirement slow him down anytime soon. The former first round pick announced his retirement two weeks ago, following doctors’ orders that he should avoid further contact. The 23-year-old has now set his eyes on another goal, and according to Chris Strauss of USA Today that goal is to make it to Rio to try his hand at the Olympic triple jump.

Speaking with For The Win from Citi Field, where he was addressing a group of New York City school students as part of the Citi Kids program, Wilson outlined his plan to try and make it to Rio in the triple jump.

“I’ll be going back to school to get my degree and training for the Olympics,” Wilson said. “That’s something I really want to aspire to do now. I was the national champion twice in high school junior and senior year and was an All-American in college [at Virginia Tech].”

Back in 2011 Wilson was able to place sixth in the NCAA Championships with a 16.20m triple jump performance. That would’ve landed him tenth overall in the final heat of the U.S Olympic trails in 2012, so his dream isn’t too far out of reach. He will now move the majority of his focus over the next two years to training and achieving this goal.

It was also mentioned that Wilson will look to explore some broadcasting opportunities before making his final decision on where to train.

Dan Soden

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