Friday, February 4, 2011

Interview with the Bossman: AKA Kimani Griffin

Hank:  So Kimani, tell me about your life in a few sentences, just so our audience can get an idea of who you really are. 

Kimani: I’m a boss plain and simple. I enjoy spending time that has anything to do with new experiences. I like to eat a lot of food in one sitting. I live in a Bank Vault because I’m money.

Hank: So I take it you’re a pretty humble guy then? 

Kimani: That I am….on occasion. I have a very vague line that separates my confidence from what people like to call “cockiness.” Humble, perhaps not at all times.

Hank:  haha, sounds about right.  You definitely have to be confident to be a star athlete.  Speaking of being a star athlete, tell me about your Olympic quest that you just embarked on. 

Kimani: I moved to Salt Lake in early/mid August to begin my journey. I am currently training as a Long Track speed skater focusing on the 1,000 and 1,500 meter distances. As you know, I attended Columbus State University in Georgia on a full scholarship for Music Performance. While I was there for two years, I realized that while pursuing a career for guitar, I could not sit back and watch the people I grew up skating with go to the Olympics. I also did nothing resembling a workout while I was there, and when I did show up for an occasional skating meet here and there I could not handle losing. Your only young once right? I can tink around on a guitar until the death of me.

Hank:  Right you are.  Alright, next on the list would be to talk about NSC.  I know you were unable to go to Monday Night Mayhem, but it is my understanding that you are trying really hard to get to East Coast Carnage in Roanoke, Va, and NSC 3 in Seattle.  Tell me your thoughts on the organization and what Miguel Jose and Joey Mantia are trying to do.

Kimani:  I think the idea of NSC is great. I’ve been competing on inlines since I was 9 and over the years have seen the numbers in the crowd decrease annually. The excitement that NSC brings to the table is something that I think our sport has needed for some time now. Hopefully you’ll get to witness the BOSSMAN in Roanoke.

Hank:  Let’s hope we get to witness it then.  Ok, next question.  We have all had those moments in our lives that you unknowingly change your fate.  If you had to pick one race in your skating career that changed everything for you, what would that one race be?

Kimani:  I don’t know if I can really say it was one race. I think 2008 Indoor Nationals as a whole is really my claim to fame. I almost cleaned up gold in all 5 events, falling one short in the Senior 2man….Literally. I came home with 4 gold medals and 4 records that still stand, two of which were individual. It was also the year I defended my Junior Mens title. Walking away from that event, I was stoked and knew indefinitely that I was a Boss.

Hank:  I remember that year quite well.  That senior 4-man is one race that I will never forget.  So, going forward on inlines, are there any more goals that you still want to achieve?  Or will you focus completely on ice until the 2014 Olympics? 

Kimani:  As far as indoor racing goes, besides a pro elite medal, I’ve pretty much done all I can do. As far as the World Championships are concerned, I don’t really have any ambition to medal. At this point in my skating career, I have for the most part retired from inlines and have my sights set on the 2014 Winter Games. All of my time and energy is going towards making the Olympic Team. Coming home with a couple medals wouldn’t be too shabby either.

Hank:  You are definitely right about that one.  Well, I think that’s all the questions I have.  Good luck to you and your Olympic dream!

If any of you guys have any questions for Kimani, leave comments, and I will make sure that they get answered!

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