WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 23: Nick Willis of New Zealand poses during the Capital Classic at Newtown Park on January 23, 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
University of Michigan alumnus Nick Willis will be representing New Zealand in the 2012 London Olympics.
Coming into the 2012 Olympic Games, Michigan alumnus Nick Willis has grandiose visions for his time representing New Zealand in London. After winning a silver medal during the 2008 games in Beijing, Willis clearly has his focus set on bringing home gold.
After a personal best 3:30.35 finish during a pre-Olympics event on Sunday, Willis has sent out a warning shot to his competition. Via Stuff.co:
"We are definitely on track to be peaking right around the Games, and that's all I can ask for," he said. "I will be one tough Kiwi to shake in the Olympic final. If the Kenyans think they can easily sweep the medals, they know I am here now, and have a history of performing in the big races.
"Hopefully I can draw upon my Beijing experience to raise my game to even another level and get New Zealand back on top of the prestigious 1500m podium.
"It won't be easy by any stretch of the imagination, but tonight shows I am ready to give it a very good crack."
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