Interview With Oregon Track Freshman Greg Skipper

Greg Skipper (GoDucks)
Greg Skipper

Oregon freshman thrower, Greg Skipper, was upbeat after his fourth place finish in the Men’s hammer; but it was obvious he is still hungry and anxious to improve.

Looking back on the year Skipper classified it as a success.

“My freshman year went well!” he then quickly added “it was alright. The training was fantastic, all of the training I received from (coach) Wilhoit was correct.”

After a fourth place finish at your first NCAA’s, how do you feel?

“Good. I was projected to finish fifth and I ended up fourth, so I got a fighter’s point there; but I feel good.”

How has your exposure to sports through your family help you prepare?

“Through my (family) I gained a lot of guidance and a mindset for competing. At first it helped me a lot to prepare, now (competition is) second nature.”

In all of the freshman’s comments their was an air of unfinished business. I asked him about his goals for the future, he didn’t mention any individual awards like a Pac-12 championship, or even a national championship, all he gave was a number.

“The 70-meter barrier is a big barrier for a hammer thrower and I hope to hit that number.”

It’s clear that Skipper is focused on bigger things than just his success with the Ducks. And, with his pedigree and focus, 70 meters better watch its back!

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Mark is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Lewis and Clark School of Law and an MBA candidate at the Marriott School of Business. His career has focused on the intersection of politics, law and business. He brings a unique insider perspective to each article he writes.

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