The beautifully dreadlocked Will Smith lookalike (pre-dreads) and world 100m hurdles champion Jason Richardson opens up about his gift for the shot put, habitual banana theft and taking over the world with no trousers on.
How did you celebrate winning silver at London 2012?
If I tell you ALL of the celebratory activities I’d have to kill you but the milder moments involved dinner with my family, Olympic sponsored parties, and making memories for a lifetime.
If you had to choose another event to star in, what would it be and why?
Shot Put! I get mad and start throwing things anyway, naturally with the same precision.
What did you have for breakfast today?
Oatmeal, eggs and a protein shake.
Favourite pre-competition snack?
If my race is too far from a full meal, I’ll kidnap a banana or two from the meet hotel to fight the urge to faint.
What are your plans for today?
Practice, business meetings and taking over the world. Pretty much the normal.
If anyone could play you in a film, who would it be?
Will Smith. Pre-dreads I often got the comparison.
Who was your most impressive teacher at school?
My Calculus 2 teacher. She was 198 years old but she was extremely cool to have been born during the Bible days.
What’s the one thing you have to take with you around the circuit?
My faith, my detectable ninja focus at the starting line, and my love of the sport… and yes that’s three and not one!
Have any superstitions?
Nope, spare me the ‘stitions’. I prefer just the super.
If you weren’t an athlete what would you be doing?
Probably practicing law, my sister and I both talked about going to law school… she’s actually an esquire, I chose to sweat and hop over things for a living.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever worn?
Senior year of high school I wore one knee high cotton white and red striped soccer sock at the Texas state meet. Oddly enough I found it quite brilliant.
How much money do you have in your pocket?
Sadly I’m not wearing any pants! Just joking! Or maybe I’m not.
Okay… Favourite holiday destination?
Cedar Hill, Texas where I grew up and my parents still live.
Three celebrities you would want at your dinner party?
Gandhi for his wisdom and diaper, Jesus because we’re best friends in my head, and I’d leave the third spot open for my chaperone since I don’t know how to act in public.
What’s on your bucket list for 2013?
To become ranked #1 in the world, learn to do a backflip and go cliff diving.