Markeith LeRoy Price is a visually impaired Paralympic athlete from Baltimore, MD, USA. He competed in T13 (track) and F13 (field) events at the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games, reaching the finals in the 400m and long jump. He won a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, setting a new national record of 43.62.
I would say my best performance so far has been Rio 2016 in the 400 meters. I worked hard and was rewarded with a great moment to see my efforts pay off. Transcript: "My best performance ever thus, far has been Rio 2016 in the 400 meters. I have a lot of Great Performances, some bitter, some sweet performances. But I would say, Rio 2016, just for the fact of the effort that I truly put in how much I really wanted it. How much I really wanted to metal and then just everything that I I'd and prepare to get myself towards being the best that I could. And I think that that was my greatest performance. And I still put in the same amount of effort of Rio, 2016. I just would say that it was a great moment to see my hard work. Pay off."
My training schedule usually consists of speed and specific work on Monday and Tuesday, stretching and meditation on Wednesday, jumps or specific work on Thursday, weightlifting and light work on Friday, and extra cardio work on Saturday. Transcript: "So, when it comes to training, I it depends but my schedule pretty much Monday through Saturday, but Monday and Tuesday are a little bit of A Hard Day's. So, Monday is more speed and then, wait, Tuesday is more of like some more specific type work. Whether I'm jumping or whether when I will run the It's like a word. I want to say more of like high rep like high interval type things, depending on the, the schedule Wednesday is more of like a like meditation yoga kind of like called region, so kind of just working on those, like the muscles and my attendance, getting them back, fired up for some work on Thursday and then Then on Thursday. It's it can be like a jump day which Tuesday sometimes it's jump day Thursday, could be a jump day or could be more specific work. And then if I'm training for like a big like race outside of long jump, it would be more of like some more. Like what I'm going to say. It could be 3, 304 lat. If I'm like later in my season or it could be what I want to say. It could be where I'm doing, six 200 or eight to hundreds or 92 hundreds or something like that or Hills. So and then Friday, some more just like light work Thursday. I'm also lifting weights and then Saturday could be just some extra work to get my like cardio vascular that that aerobic, that Aerobic System working. So yeah, you know, that's typically this Schedule. So yeah."
Passion to me is about motivation and goals. For me, it's mainly about running, which allows me to express myself and be free. Passion also involves fun, effort, challenge, and peace. All of these come together to form my goals and objectives. Transcript: "And this is a really great crust. Great question. I think passion, what does passion mean to me? Passion is about motivation. It's about your goal. Just about, what do you really want to do in life? What are the things you really have an enjoyment for something that uplifts you and just makes you feel really good? So Passion for me. Obviously, I'm a track and field athlete and passion I'm passionate for running specifically, for some of those things that running did for me when I was younger, especially being a visually impaired athlete, a visually impaired person, it allowed me to just be free and express myself, just to be able to run, still be able to have that that level all the mobility and Just give give my full effort. I have a lot of other passions that I'm passionate about. So, what keeps me in the passion, sometimes when I'm running around and track, when I'm doing a hard workout, I'm always asking myself, like, okay, what am I doing this for? But really, I always have an answer. Like, I always have an answer and a lot of times it's itself, you know, a lot of times, it's just different reasons outside of outside. Out of self as well for my friends and family and just for the the effort, the hard work. But really it all goes back to what is my goal. So that's why it's always like myself. What is what's the gold? What's the objective, what am I, you know, So when it comes to Passion, sometimes it's about my goals. Sometimes it's about fun, sometimes it's about the effort sometimes, it's about the challenge and then sometimes it's about what's giving me peace and so I had many different passions but yeah, passion that's a really good question. Yeah."
The Paralympics are already combined with the Olympics, but it is not yet as visible in terms of marketing and media exposure. Companies need to be more responsible and understanding that Paralympians exist for the two umbrella's to become more equal. Transcript: "So we'll paralympic Sports and Olympic sport in the Olympics or I should say, our paralympic will the Paralympics be ever. Ever. Be combined with the Olympics. It already is combined. The big thing is, will it ever be televised the same? Will it ever be marketed? The same will companies be more responsible and understanding that paralympians are here and they exist. So, It kind of I mean at the end of the day you have paralympic sports in Olympic sport under the same umbrella. And so it's already combined, it's literally the same time. It's just that the Paralympics are the Paralympics are after right after the Olympics. Now if you're asking, well paralympic sport such as like the 100 meters in track and field. Will it be a men and women and then you have all of the paralympic athletes come after right after the hundred meters or event like swimming will the 100 free men and women go and then the paralympic athletes will go right after. I'm not sure about that. It could be possible. They always say it's about timing and always say about it's not good for the competition. Because of all of the these different factors of Paralympics, Sports and Olympic sports. But I mean it can happen. But what I what I say that it's it's already combined. Yes, it is already combined. The question is will companies be responsible? Well, our umbrella be responsible will the marketing of all the companies be responsible to include Paralympic paralympians with Olympians and sponsorships more details, more different think more support. So, I think that's what we're looking for, and the combination of Olympic sports. It's moving there, but maybe it can. Be sped up a little bit more like 100 times faster and that would be awesome."
I've learned a lot from all of my coaches, but if I had to pick one it would be my professional coach, Coach Fisher. He has taught me about periodization and the science behind running and track and field. My beginning coach, Coach Fuller, also taught me the importance of hard work. Transcript: "So this is a great question. I actually feel that I've learned from almost each one of my coaches. I've been running track and field for 22, 23 years now. And yeah, I've learned from each coach that I've had and but to just point out one coach, I'm going to say because Is I have been with him, the most, I would say, my professional coach coach Fisher. I've learned a lot over the years, just how he structures his workouts learning about periodization and taking the time to ask him questions and really taking him along me to, take more time, to learn about track and field, learn about running exercise. Sighs science. All those different things on my own and really just discovering on my own and being able to just give me time. So I would say, yeah, my coach that I have now, but also, I can definitely say, my beginning, coach, coach Fuller. I learned a lot as a young kid from just what hard work looks like, what hard work is and I mean, I had to put in the work but he was the voice. He was the the person that basically around the track basically said, come on, let's go, let's go all the time. So I would say, yeah, coach Fuller as well, taught me something some good lessons and working hard. So yeah, but all my coaches, I've definitely learned a lot from every single Well, one of them, doesn't matter who they are, even if they were six months coach, or just a coach period, sometimes, even some you can just take anything from from coaches. So yeah."
Amputee athletes may switch out different legs depending on their needs and they may use blades, which are designed to put the athlete in a better running position with correct running mechanics. This can make it more comfortable for them to participate in sports. Transcript: "Okay, so seeing as that, I am a paralympic athlete but I am a part of the visually impaired class. I won't answer this based off of my knowledge of being in the Paralympics and understanding, for many paralympic athletes that are priced like, are prosthetic athletes or you would say amputee, amputee athletes, from my knowledge, the running leg versus the walking leg. So, you have your regular everyday leg your Working late. And I know that there are several athletes that are amputees, that switch out different legs. Some people keep one leg. Some people have five legs, depending on their growth, their growth spurt or depending on accessibility towards that leg. So that's, they're walking leg to where I actually had a friend that said, he used to run with his walking leg and then they started to develop the blade, the, which we call Blade Runner. Hers. So, my understanding of Blade, it puts the athlete in a more running. A better running mechanics or a better posture, for running mechanics, to actually happen. And the blade is designed for that blade. At the bottom of the leg is designed to be able to implement with the foot is actually doing so I guess. Because a substitute subsidize with the foot. If you have an actual foot is doing, and then it's putting you in a better running position in the correct running position for for your body type. So I believe that's what makes it more comfortable for individuals that are amputees. But hey, that's a question that you can ask them as well to see. I just wanted to answer this for my knowledge and my understanding of comfortability with in the amputee World seeing as I've asked so many friends. I've actually done some research myself and it's interesting, I actually did a shadow Day At A prosthesis Clinic to understand if it was something I was interested in getting into and I actually was and I still am interested in getting into Prosthetics and different things like that. So,"