There’s a new generation of sprinters emerging in world athletics and Canada’s Aaron Brown is one of them.
It’s Saturday afternoon in Stockholm’s historic Olympic Stadium. All around the track athletes go through their final preparations ahead of competition day on Sunday. Everyone has their own routine. The mood is pretty relaxed, athletes joking with each other, taking pictures of the stadium, coaches giving final instructions, physios loosening muscles.
In one corner of the stadium, headphones in and almost in his own little world, is Canada’s Aaron Brown. The sprinter has arrived in Stockholm from Oslo, where he went under 20 seconds for 200m for the first time in his career. There’s a calmness to Brown’s movements – a mix between yoga and dynamic stretches.
As we sit down the same evening to talk, the same tranquillity lies in the 26-year-old’s voice.
“I like to stay calm before the race,” says Brown. “I’m currently learning to play the piano. I love the piano, I love how it sounds. There are certain songs that really speak to me – I even listen to them when I warm up. Moonlight Senata, that’s one of the first songs I learnt how to play – a Beethoven song – or songs like Evanescence – My Immortal. It’s an array of songs that you maybe wouldn’t typically think I would know. Those type of songs keep me at peace and calm my spirit down.”
Once it gets to race day, the beat changes. “That’s when I go up-tempo, that’s when I want to be quick, fast paced.” Before that, Brown doesn’t want to be “too hyped” – over the years the former USC Trojan has learnt the hype-approach doesn’t work well
Aaron Kingsley Brown will be a leader for our country during the China vs Canada Team Sprint Challenge next week at the Jerome Classic June 26 and 27 at Swangard Stadium.
4 Canadians from Team Canada vs 4 sprinters from Team China in the 100m, 400m, 4x100m and 4x400m relays ffor men and women will face off for the Pacific World Cup and $40,000 purse.
Team Canada lines up like this
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