Sometimes, Norris Frederick admits, he can’t stand the loneliness.
The life of a track star is a strange and solitary one. It’s a journey with the lights off, except for a few weeks every four years. Frederick, the former University of Washington and Roosevelt High School athlete, speaks with great eloquence about the joy and stress of being an Olympic hopeful. Even his greatest burden — the loneliness — can be a virtue at times.
Frederick looks up and sees his name, all alone, atop the world in the long jump.