Paul's Open Road
Safe Place (1:44)
Many times you get older and you'd say, 'Oh, I wish I would have done this when I was younger.' But part of the challenge of youth is to learn, right? That's the puzzle, that's what makes life interesting.
- He'd been trying all kinds of different sports trying to find something he liked.
- One day, after being inspired by the Olympics, he went out for a bike ride.
- A neighbor who owned the local cycling store approached Paul and told him he had the skill to make an Olympic team.
- From that day on, he dropped everything else and set his sights on the Olympics; made it four years later, at the age of 18.
- Says he always had great support from his family, but the kids at school thought it was funny that he had to shave his legs for training.
- Kept his cycling career going for a few years after his trip to the Montreal Olympics, but quit in 1981.
- He'd always had an interest in the financial markets, so he got a "real job" at Merrill Lynch, but he found it hard to get the open road out of his head.
- Returned to the cycling business, but this time in a new way, by opening his own cycling shop in Southern California.