Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Grant Fisher on the road ahead

Kimbia Athletics was delighted to announce the signing last week of Grant Fisher, a 22-year-old graduate of Stanford University. As he prepares to embark on a professional career with the Nike Bowerman Track Club, he offers his thoughts on the past year and what lies ahead.

How do you reflect on your final year at Stanford?
My final year at Stanford was memorable and exciting.  We made huge strides as a program and it was fun to see how much the team had changed throughout the 4 years I was there.  It is strange to think of myself as an alum now but I know the team is in good hands.

It was an incredible collegiate career. Is there a little sadness now that it’s come to an end?
I had some great experiences and met some of my best friends while at Stanford, so I am certainly a little sad that it is over.  College was an incredible period of my life so I’m sad to see it pass, but am excited for what lies ahead.

Why did you decide to sign with Kimbia? 
I decided to sign with Kimbia because I felt that their goals and mine lined up well.  Tom and Alistair do a great job of creating personal relationships with each of their athletes and support them through good and bad times. They approach the sport with integrity and I trust them to help guide my career.

Why did you choose to join the Nike Bowerman Track Club?
I chose BTC because I felt that Jerry Schumacher’s coaching style and the team were both great fits for what I was looking for as a professional.  I liked that the team and Jerry think big and are always looking to perform at the highest level. I have known of Jerry for a long time but did not meet him until recently.  I like his vision and how he is constantly trying to fine tune his system so that his athletes perform at their best.  His passion, strong belief in his athletes, and honesty are all things that drew me to him. I will move out and train with the group full-time this fall.

What are your plans for the summer?
This summer I will join the BTC guys in Park City, but will continue to be coached by my college coach, Chris Miltenberg, until the end of the track season.  I’m really looking forward to hanging out with the guys and establishing relationships with everyone.  My racing schedule is still up in the air, but we are looking at potentially running a fast 1500 and 5K before the season is over.

What distance do you see yourself specializing in?
I have always thought of myself as a miler, but if I had to guess I would think that my future will lie in the 5K.  Of course, time will tell, and I am open to whichever event or events end up being my best.

Looking towards the future, what are your long-term goals in the sport? 
When I finish my professional career, I hope to be able to look back and say that I found the limit of how good I could become.

Image: GoStanford.com

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