JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Garrett Scantling earned his place in the United States squad.
And that got him his own IPA.
Scantling, a Georgia bishopric and university graduate, will travel to the Tokyo Games next month in the decathlon. And a little way to honor Scantling’s success was to have a new beer at Strings Sports Brewery named in his honor.
That’s what qualifying for the Olympics in a city that embraces athletic achievement will do for an athlete.
The @GScant_ is what Strings calls an Olympian IPA, and Scantling got to taste a little drink of it on Wednesday as his family celebrated with his supporters as a welcome party after winning the decathlon at the US Olympic Team Trials in Eugene. , Oregon, at the end of last month.
Scantling greatly appreciated the gesture and even more the support from Duval County and beyond.
“Having a beer named after you is the goal, appreciation is the goal. You know, you put so much hard work and dedication into your craft, and that’s just the reward you get, ”he said.
“You know, at the end of the rainbow there is always a pot of gold. So I know I’m not quite at the end of it yet, I still have work to do in Tokyo and I have high expectations for myself. But just to enjoy the moment while it’s happening and, like I said, live in the moment and you’ll be fine.
It was the local support that helped Scantling financially in his training and preparation for the track team trials in the United States last month. Almost 60 donations totaled $ 7,800 for Scantling, which helped cover travel, medical and training costs.
And her father, Michael, said the family wanted to say a little thank you to the community for coming together.
“I’m just blessed to have the support I do, especially for my Jacksonville family. You know from Episcopal High Schools, Hendricks Avenue Elementary School to everyone here and around St Johns and Duval County that just helped me, they’ve been a big part of who I am today. hui, ”Scantling said. “So that’s definitely a special feeling. I am happy that I can be home to celebrate it with my family. So, I’m definitely going to do a bit of that, and then it’s back to the routine of getting ready for Tokyo. “
The history of Scantling is remarkable.
He missed qualifying for the Olympics in 2016, finishing fourth in the decathlon trials. Only the top three qualified for the Olympics.
After not playing football since Episcopal High School, Scantling gave the sport another shot, netting test spots with the Falcons and Jaguars in 2017. But the will to be an Olympian brought him back. Scantling worked in the private sector for a few years and began to resume training for the decathlon.
He has been superb in this year’s trials from the start, winning the 110-meter hurdles and javelin and finishing second in discus and 100. Scantling was seventh or more in nine of 10 decathlon events.
“What I remember most are the lessons it taught me,” said Scantling of coming so close in 2016.
“I mean, you know, it definitely got me defeated, and I’ve been through so much over the past five years that I’m at a point where I feel like nothing can defeat me as long as I have my will and my desire to do what I want to do. And so, if I can keep that fire under my belt and keep pushing to be the best version of myself. I think I’m going to be fine. “
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