Jeff's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Montreal Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Toronto, Otario CAN

  • ON DVD:

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Montreal Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Toronto, Otario CAN

  • AIRED ON:

    Other: Montreal Team

JEFF ADAMS

Olympic Champion/Wheelchair Racing Athlete

“Things are worth fighting for in life…and it's always overcoming a barrier of some kind. And whatever form that barrier takes, we all have a decision to make.”

INTERESTS:

Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Character Conflict Determination Failure Hard Work Inspiration Passion Struggle Talent Courage

FOUNDATION:

Being Physically Active

TAGS:

athletics, college, competing, growth, learning, losing, making mistakes, olympics, overcoming barriers, paralympics, psychology, racing, sports, taking for granted, wheelchair racing, winning

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Says when he first started racing, he didn’t know he wanted to do it with his life, just liked it, was good at it.
  • Believes that if you find what you’re good at, you’ll enjoy it more; the passion and talent feed off each other.
  • Says people who take their talent for granted often don’t work hard enough, don’t do as well; says you have to put the work in no matter what.
  • Took a psychology course in college that wouldn’t accommodate him, told him he’d have to climb a flight of stairs to take the class.
  • Made the effort to get up those stairs; says getting up the stairs taught him more than the actual psychology course.
  • Went on to climb the 1,776 stairs of the CN Tower in Ontario, Canada.
  • Says he learns more from races he loses—even the worst loss of his life wasn’t so bad, taught him a good lesson.
  • Thinks that the process of suffering and overcoming after a loss should be valued as much as—if not more than—a win.

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