Being the fastest/oldest is a crazy title to have.
Usually everyone fast is young. But I don’t let age define my ability and drive to be the best I can.
I never stop to think about my age really. I just listen to my body and it tells me if I can or can’t.
I think people need to stop looking at trying to be the judge, the jury and executioner and let the system do its job.
I’ve worked hard, all the way from the bottom when I had nothing.
People want to label people and that’s all they want to do. They don’t want to get to know them, they don’t want to understand the story, in-depth.
I’m 34, and I’ll be the oldest sprinter ever on a podium. I’m just happy to be here.
As a kid, I thought if I could move my feet fast enough, I could run on water.
I don’t put limits on myself.
Once I was away from track and field, I was able to realize that life is something you really have to work on.
I remember reading one blog site where one blogger said I looked like a professional wrestler on the track. I was a big boy. I was looking at myself in the mirror and saying, ‘I look good!’ But I wasn’t looking race good.
I love myself. I believe in myself. My family and my friends support me.
When I get up out of bed, I’ve got to be Justin Gatlin, and I’ve got to be Justin Gatlin 100 percent.
No one has to talk disrespectful to anybody. We’re just here to run.
At the end of the day, when you command a certain power in track and field, you sometimes you have to exercise it.
It’s an Olympic year, man, and crazy stuff always happens in an Olympic year.
I feel like once you start to tell yourself that it’s your last year, you kind of aren’t as sharp and lose some attention, drive and hunger.
I was jogging in the grass while on a warm-up and there was a sprinkler hole. I rolled my ankle, and it was really bad.
The world knows that I’m capable of running fast when I need to.
I needed a break from track, the media and the world. I wanted to just be me.
Track and field is definitely a science and each year as an athlete you try to develop and become stronger.
I’m a big believer in the notion that to know where you are going, you have to know where everything has been.
Once I found out that track and field was an organized sport, the era I followed more closely was that of Maurice Greene and Michael Johnson.
Carl Lewis was definitely a role model.