For Trey Hardee, this year is going to be different — and it’s not just because the Olympic Games are behind him.
For the 29-year-old decathlete, 2011 was plagued with injuries and a surgery to his elbow. Despite the surgery, Hardee was able to recover in time to qualify for the 2012 Olympic team. There, he won a silver medal in the decathlon behind American teammate Ashton Eaton.
This year, however, Hardee says he’s totally healthy and fit, and he’s looking forward to competing in plenty of events. That way, he will be ready when it comes time to complete a full decathlon, he said.
“I’m fit as a fiddle, healthy. I’m able to do everything, so I’m going to get some competition under my belt,” Hardee said during an interview with Flotrack.org. “I’m going to get to race again, I’m going to throw stuff in meets again, I’m going to get to pole vault a lot. I’m going to do all the things that I never got to do last season, so it’s going to be exciting.”
As evidenced by his comments, Hardee believes his preparation will be much better this season. If that’s the case, Eaton better watch out. Eaton, who is the current world record holder, finished 198 points ahead of Hardee at the 2012 Olympic Games. At the 2011 World Championships, before his injury, Hardee won gold ahead of Eaton by 202 points.