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Heartland athlete close to Olympic dreams

(Source: Tracy Brewer) (Source: Tracy Brewer)

16-year-old Eric Roth recently competed at the 50th Annual AAU Junior Olympics in Humble, Texas.

Roth received 2nd in the 15-16 year old decathlon.

"The experience, it was unbelievable," Roth said. "It was like, I really can't put it into words."

Roth's mother, Tracy Brewer, was at the event to cheer on her son.

"I was overwhelmed with emotion, and the crying and, I mean they were happy tears," Brewer said. "He just made me so proud."

Roth travels 100 miles round trip to train two to three hours a day. He said whether the event is big or small, he always focuses on what he can accomplish.

"Don't worry about what they have worry about what you have," Roth said. "Worry about what you can do, not them." 

But it hasn't always been easy. In 7th grade, Roth strained his knee and had cut back on sports.

But he wasn't about to hang up his running shoes.

"Quitting sport is like quitting life to me," Roth said. "Sports are technically my life."

Roth, who is adopted, said he keeps a reminder of his birth father with him at every competition. 

"The day that's special to me is the day he was born which was July 18th, 1956, So on my headband I have 7/18/56 on it," Roth said. "It gives me some motivation, something to help me keep going to not give up."

Roth also said one of his motivations is his devotion to his faith.

"Before every race, before every event, any football, basketball, anything like that I always pray to god," Roth said. "I pray to the Lord. I know he's with me through everything."

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