Sixteen Days of Glory - UNO's Sevin Gears Up for Olympics Competition, Blogs His Experiences

University of New Orleans head track and field coach Ty Sevin is participating in the 2012 London Olympic Games as a member of the United States track and field coaching staff.

Sevin, a Louisiana native who joined UNO this summer as head coach for six sports, is coaching two Olympic athletes - Kara Patterson, who throws the javelin, and Brad Walker, a pole vaulter. They will compete as members of the U.S. Track and Field team during the second week of the Games.

The new UNO head coach will share several of his experiences over the next few days to give fans of the Privateer athletic program a taste of the Olympic Games. Sevin will be blogging for UNO and posting his insights on the website of the UNO Privateers. His first entry debuted August 6:
 
16 Days of Glory - Part I
 
“It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication.” - Herb Elliot
 
August 6, 2012
 
The true pursuit of excellence in Athletics (Track and Field) is measured every four years in the Olympic Games.  Many have said that winning an Olympic gold medal is the greatest accomplishment in all of sport.  Athletes train their whole life knowing it all comes down to being the best on one day every four years.  These athletes live in anonymity for the majority of their athletic career following their Olympic Dream. This is not the best in America, but the best among the 7 billion people walking the earth. You could have been the best for 1,459 days, but if you falter on that last day you have to start all over again.  It is truly “one moment in time.” There are no second chances unless you are willing to put everything on hold for another four years hoping that you can hold off the pursuit of the younger generation.
 
Tomorrow, I will once again be able to walk into the Olympic Stadium and take part in this wonderful event as a coach.  Over the past four years I have been fortunate to coach Kara Patterson at the Olympic Training Center in California.  Kara has dominated the Javelin in the U.S. over the past few years, crushing the American Record by over 2 meters in 2010.  Kara will compete against 42 athletes tomorrow from across the World trying to qualify for the 12 spots in the Olympic final. The top 12 throwers will throw in the final on August 9th to determine the 2012 Olympic Champion. I will be sure to update you all on how she throws in her qualifying round tomorrow.
 
On a side note, it is hard to explain the magic that has been in the air during these championships. There have been so many great moments so far, it is hard to believe it can get any better. I am really looking forward to getting my Olympic Games started tomorrow.  Win, lose or draw, the Olympic experience lasts a lifetime and I am grateful I have the opportunity to be a part of it.
 
For more information on the track and field program at UNO, contact Sevin at tsevin@uno.edu or fill out a prospective student-athlete questionnaire.

To keep up with Sevin's adventures at the Olympics, visit the website of the UNO Privateers.