PathPoint Ambassador: Mike Torie, Top Track and Field Athlete
Mike Torie's tenacity and perseverance has allowed him to go from small-town athlete to an elite track and field competitor. He's currently training for the Tokyo Olympics, and took the time to tell us about his journey.
No matter their athletic achievements, many top athletes struggle to support themselves on their way to Olympic titles. They have to train extensively at locations far from home, making it nearly impossible to support themselves financially with a full-time job. Meanwhile, many business owners could benefit immensely from the unique marketing opportunities a partnership with an elite athlete could offer.

That's why we developed the PathPoint Ambassador Program. At absolutely no additional cost to you, your business can sponsor a top athlete on their way to greatness. However, what you gain is a wide array of marketing opportunities, including unique posters, social media guides and more.

One of the PathPoint Ambassador Program's elite athletes you could sponsor is Mike Torie, one of the United States' top discus throwers and 2016 Olympic trial participant. He is currently training diligently for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, undeterred by the challenges 2020 has presented to many athletes. We talked to him about his journey to becoming a top athlete nationwide and the challenges he faces.

How’d you get your start with the discus?

Mike: Well, the short and simple answer is that my dad threw discus. I was passionate about baseball until I was a sophomore, but due to unfortunate circumstances, I had to stop playing baseball and changed over to discus. I didn’t have a coach at my school, so I went a while being largely self-taught. My dad helped me out and gave me pointers, and it went from just something I did to a full-blown passion of mine.

What excites you the most about the discus?

Mike: It’s hard to describe if you haven’t done it before, but for me, it’s chasing the perfect throw. It’s something you achieve maybe once or twice in your career. I remember a thrower I really admire telling me, “every single throw is in the quest for that one perfect throw.” When you throw it, you just know. And it’s more than the throw... it’s about achieving greatness. The process to get to that is a giant puzzle and it’s a constant, thrilling process of putting the pieces together.

What motivates you to compete?

Mike: It changes, but it started out with wanting to be some kid’s hero. I had a lot of athletes’ posters on my wall as a kid, and those athletes really inspired me. I’ve always wanted to be that for someone else and give another kid someone to look up to.

As I progressed as an athlete, however, that motivation shifted to my family. It was a huge decision when I moved out to California, and my family, especially my grandmother, has been a huge source of strength and support.

Finally, the kids I coach are always a wellspring of motivation for me. A lot of the kids I coach are trying to follow in my footsteps. Even when I wake up hurting, sore from heavy training, or generally exhausted, I know I have to do it because my kids are counting on me to keep striving for greatness.

What are the biggest challenges you face with being a high-level athlete?

Mike: Finances, nutrition and body maintenance. To compete at the level of top athletes, it takes physical therapy, chiropractor visits, proper healthy food, and so on. It costs a lot of money.

Personally, it’s been a struggle. There have been times when I’ve had to have nothing but a shake for dinner and $17 in my bank account. A lot of kids going into professional-level athletics don’t realize how expensive it is to train outside of college, and it’s really challenging.

What advice do you have for athletes just deciding to make training a key part of their life?

Mike: It all goes back to finances. You have to make sure you can support yourself or you have a sponsor or the support of fiends and family. When I moved to CA, I was good for a year because I had saved the entirety of seven checks just to live off when I moved. I had $11,000 to support myself, but eventually, that money ran out and it became a lot more challenging to get by without compromising my training. Before you make the decision to pursue professional athletics, give yourself a cushion to get yourself off the ground. Think about the future and building passive income is a great option that will allow you to train while still supporting yourself.

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