Penny For Your Thoughts With … SHAWN CRAWFORD

PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS… WITH SHAWN CRAWFORD
Olympic sprinter Shawn Crawford is on the right track to bring home more gold. Presented by Electronic Urban Report.

While host country China makes final preparations for the grand spectacle that is the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, US Olympic sprinter Shawn Crawford is preparing for competition.

And though he is a veteran in the sport and no stranger to the Olympic podium - he took home the gold in the 200m and silver in the 4×100 m relay at the 2004 Games - Crawford is as eager as a new kid on the blocks.

Crawford has been running professionally since 2000, but not all his track and field coverage has been about his wins. Crawford has consistently urged spectators to be on the lookout for him, but not always just to witness his lightening speed.

In 2002, Crawford decided to sport a Phantom of the Opera mask at a meet in Milan. During the run, the mask shifted and with obstructed vision, Crawford ran out of his lane and was disqualified. In 2003, Crawford appeared on the show “Man vs. Beast” where he raced a giraffe and a zebra for 100m. The giraffe - no contest, but the Zebra bested the Olympian twice. Then there’s the runner’s continued want to run in war paint.

It is now 2008 and another Olympic Games is upon us, and Crawford confessed that he has come to a more serious and mature point in his career, and is a veteran to how the race is really run.

“Track and field is my career. You can make money at it, but it’s like with anything; it depends on how good you are and how well you’re liked,” he said.

“Media can make or break you. If you have a great personality, the crowds buy into you and that will make you a more in-demand person. I can be at the top of my game, but have a bad attitude and a bad personality and nobody….

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