Local 2016 Olympic Hopeful
POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 4:39pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 8:43am
HARLINGEN — Randy Bermea is 18 years old and has always dreamed of competing in the Olympics, but it wasn't until his high school career that it started becoming a reality.
"Ever since I started winning, it was one day i'm going to be the Olympics, one day I'm going to be in the Olympics," said Bermea.
The track star will soon be on his way to the University of California Berkeley to pursue that dream.
"That is something I definitely wanna do in 2016. It'll be my senior year in college so it's be the best shape I'll be in at that point," said Bermea.
Throughout his career, Bermea has accumulated around 100 medals including one he recently made history with. He was the first athlete in the Harlingen school district to win state in track and field.
"My state medal, gold medal that I got in the 300 meter hurdles this year. This definitely has to be the one I'm most proud of," said Bermea.
This summer Bermea also made big strides after participating in the US Junior Olympics in Indiana where he was milliseconds away from competing in the World Juniors at Barcelona, Spain.
Burmea will be running the 400 meter hurdles once he enrolls at cal berkley this fall and has his sight set on major goals.
"I want to medal my freshman year in the Pac-12 Championships and then eventually winning the National Championships and being the best collegiate athlete in the country. So, that's my goals and get the school record at Cal, another one of my goals," said Bermea.
He needs to shave three seconds off his time to beat the record set in the 80's.
"I think it can be done, hopefully my junior year," said Bermea.
Bermea believes his dream is attainable now more than ever, because local shot putter Stephen Saenz is in London competing in the Olympics right now. As a freshmen in high school he remembers doing the same things at track meets when Saenz was a senior.
"He got his Valley records here, I got my valley records here. He went on to college and was successful there and now I need to go off to college and be successful there to help elevate me to that next level," said Bermea.
Bermea leaves for California in two weeks to start his olympic journey.