Track & Field

‪‎Olympic‬ gold medalist Aries Merritt discusses his inspiring journey and what it has taken to achieve his dreams

USA TODAY High School Sports caught up with past American Family Insurance ALL-USA athletes for a personal look back at their upbringing and road to their present global success – their hometown, early success/struggles, growth through high school, college, and into the pros. The video series, presented by American Family Insurance, will feature stories told by the athletes themselves, families, coaches, and teammates.

Merritt discusses how he got into sports and the influence of his family. A prep superstar, Merritt went on to run at Tennessee and later won the Olympic gold medal. But Merritt’s path hasn’t been without struggle, as he was diagnosed with a kidney disorder following his Olympic glory, and was unable to make the team for the Rio Olympics. Merritt’s journey is inspiring, still, even beyond his accomplishments in athletics.

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