Two-time Olympic silver medalist Doc Patton spoke with the Greenhill track & field and cross country programs on Friday afternoon in the Middle School Rotunda where he talked about his career as well as overcoming adversity on the world’s biggest stage.
A three-time Olympian for Team USA, Patton captured silver medal honors at the 2004 Athens and 2012 London Games as part of the prolific 4×100-meter relay team. Patton’s career has span almost a decade, and is a career that has allowed him to travel and compete all of the world against the very best athletes that track has ever produced.
Patton’s message to the Greenhill track and field program was one of overcoming adversity. He spoke about competing in track at the high school level before attending Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, where he captured the junior college national championship in long jump. From Garden City, Kansas, to a member of TCU’s track and field program where he was an multiple-time All-American winner.
With a large crowd of student-athletes, administrators, teachers and coaches, Patton continued to stay on message about overcoming disappointing finishes, struggling on the world’s biggest stage in front of millions and what it took to get back into the blocks after each failure. Despite all of his struggles, Patton spoke of what hard work, dedication and believing in yourself can produce as he passed around his silver medal from the 2012 London Games.
Article courtesy of Greenhill School