This episode comes to you from the Spartan Podfest at last September’s Spartan World Championships, and features Willie Banks. Willie is a former World Record Holder and Olympian, President and CEO of the ANOC World Beach Games and President of the US Olympians. Much of Willie’s fame comes from his innovative approach to sports and his exuberant personality that he brought to track and field competitions. He is the originator of the now common hand clapping that takes place during many track and field events, which he talks about in true Willie style during our conversation. In 1999, Willie was inducted into the USA National Track and Field Hall of Fame and he still continues to compete to this day.
WILLIE BANKS SEASONED ATHLETE STATS
Sport: Track and Field - Triple Jump
Quote: “Go out and try something unique. If you’ve never danced dance. If you’ve never run…run. You never know…you’ll surprise yourself.”