Posted on August 10 2016
Olympic silver medalist and Physiclo co-founder, Keeth Smart understands the importance of preparing for a competition. Keeth made it his mission to help many of the Rio athletes maximize their training by outfitting them with Physiclo's resistance technology.
We also sat down with several of the athletes including Rio 2016 Olympic fencer, Daryl Homer, to talk about resistance- a common theme in many athletes' lives both on and off the competition floor.
(Follow Daryl on Twitter and Instagram at @DarylDHomer)
Q&A with Daryl Homer, Rio 2016 Olympic Fencer
Q: What did you learn about yourself throughout this process of making it to the Olympics?
Homer: I spend a lot of time in my own head- making decisions, but also analyzing my decision-making process and questioning who I am as a person. I've learned that this approach is a GOOD THING. People will always say you're thinking too much, but what's wrong with that?
It’s a life skill I've learned and honed exclusively through fencing. We take so many things at face value, and very rarely take the time to ask who we are, what we want to represent, what's valuable to us, and who we want to be. Those are things that will always be of the utmost importance to me.
Q: Who was a key mentor or coach that helped you in the early days? Why was their support so important for your success?
Homer: Keeth Smart, Olympic Silver Medalist and the co-founder of Physiclo has always been a huge mentor. When I was 14 years old, Keeth pulled me aside and told me how good I could be at fencing. That one conversation lit a huge fire under me and pushed me to work hard. I'll never forget that. I (make it a point to) repeat (those words of encouragement) to so many young athletes today when I see their potential.
*Our Co-Founder, Keeth Smart says, “I have known Daryl since he started fencing and his work ethic and tenacity is unbelievable. I’m very excited to watch him compete and I admire his dedication to getting to Rio.”
Q: What was your “Ah-Ha” moment that changed the way you looked at fencing?
Homer: My ‘Ah-Ha’ moment was finishing third at the Cadet (Under 17) World championships in 2006. It was my first big international result and was the pivotal moment in beginning to build the credentials I have now.
Q: What was the first sport you ever practiced?
Homer: The first sport I've ever practiced was baseball. Prior to fencing, I played two seasons of little league and tried my hand at track and field. Eventually, I dropped baseball at 11 years old because my games in the North Bronx conflicted with my fencing practices in downtown Chelsea.
Q: Why did you stay with fencing or how did you transition into it?
Homer: I stuck with fencing because I found it empowering. When we put on the mask and we’re 1-on-1, I felt liberated. It became a way for me to channel immense emotions, focus, and to use my feelings constructively.
Q: Did you experience any kind of resistance that you thought would hinder your progression? On an emotional, physical or personal level?
Homer: I've always been a very emotional person. In my youth, I believe that it held me back. If I felt that I was about to lose a match, I would explode emotionally and act irrationally. What I've come to realize is, that was just my fear of failure. It's definitely an anxiety I still have but I've become better at coping with it.