At the top, I was flying high. I didn’t understand what it meant to be down and out.
I try to work the hardest I can without burning myself out. It’s not that I think working all the time is the key to success. It’s just the way I was raised.
I wanted to go out there and do what no one’s ever done – and that’s recapture some kind of glory.
One of the ideas for Justin.tv was that it would force me to go out and be sociable and talk to people.
I think that I am a serious threat to anybody out there who is trying to get that medal.
I actually want to go out and try to date girls. I mean, ones who want to be on camera.
What is it really going to amount to if I go out there and run against Usain when he is not at his best? That is not a great storyline. It is not a race I would like to go out and win.
It used to be that games were more like movies where a game would come out and then people play it for two months and then it’s over.
In Brooklyn, the block wasn’t very long or very wide, and not that many kids were out there, either. But when I got to Florida, there were a lot of kids on my block, young kids, older kids, and they could play outside until the sun went down and have fun.
The performance that we put out there as athletes is our heart, our heart.
I wanted to see what sports were like… I went out for the track team. And then I got a D on my report card and my mom pulled me off the track team; I was very upset.
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.
I want to go out there and show the world I can stretch my legs even more and exhibit more talent.
When I get up out of bed, I’ve got to be Justin Gatlin, and I’ve got to be Justin Gatlin 100 percent.
Every year, I laid out a strategy of what I was going to do, and I was very successful. In 2003, I wanted to take the world by storm, and I did that indoors. In 2004, I wanted to run fast; I did that. In 2005, I wanted to be dominant, and I did that as well.
At the end of the day, I think that a lot of people saw how hard I worked. And I’ve gained a lot of respect from a lot of the fans, when they come out and see me, even people not from the United States, when they come out there and cheer me and give me heart gestures and cheer for U.S.A.
There are not going to be medals passed out to everybody in the world. It is going to be passed out to one person, the champion.
I respect my competitors, you know, I get respect back from them. I respect people out there who pay for their tickets to come watch us compete. And I respect the reporters because they’ve got to come out here and tell a good story. That’s what it is. It’s just a cycle of respect.
At TwitchTV, we think of ourselves as a technology product company, so when we set out to innovate, most often we’re trying to improve or build better features for the platform that will improve things for the ecosystem.
You can be burned out no matter how successful you are, and you can be unhappy no matter how successful you are.
If you burn out you aren’t doing your customers or your investors or your employees any favors. You need to create a situation inside your company where you are going to be retained for a long time. I think that’s your obligation if you’re good.
I can’t go out socially. I never go to soap awards now. I don’t recognize people I know and they would think that I was snubbing them.
The hardest part about growing has been making sure we can support the community in the same ways that we were able to when TwitchTV was just starting out.
You have people who are out there age 30-plus still competing on the grand stage. If I keep in shape, keep to a certain speed and turn it up when I need to, I think I will be able to get out there and run what I need to run.