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Posted on: August 7, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Jason Richardson - Cedar Hill's olympic hurdler takes silver

Jason Richards

Later that evening supporters moved to Buffalo Wild Wings for a prime-time watching party and KXAS-5 came along to do a live feed for the 10 pm newscast.
Jason now resides in Los Angeles, but calls Cedar Hill home. In an email interview with The Dallas Morning News, Richardson answered a few questions about his childhood, becoming an Olympic athlete, and his life and career:
On growing up in Cedar Hill:
"Life in Cedar Hill is the best. Having lived there all of my life, it's an interesting blend of rural and urban environments, but most of all, I get to call it home."
On his many personalities:
"Personally, I believe that we are the sum total of our experiences, and it's a disservice to put ourselves into a box. I learned early on that I'm allowed to be whomever and whatever I want to be in life, including a basket case who hosts several personalities. I host a distinguished gentlemen who enjoys reading classics and cognac, an older white lady who loves The Golden Girls (my sister and I favorite show), a rebelling youth who itches at the ideas of authority, and a spandex-wearing Superhero who wants to save the world through track and field."
On choosing the hurdles:
"I fell in love with hurdling because it is track and field -- the speed of track and the jumping of field. What I loathe about hurdling can be answered by the battle wounds on my knees and shins. Hurdling has unfortunately thwarted my plans of being a leg model. While others wanted to be ballistic sprinters, I wanted to defy gravity and full speed and become a hurdler."
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