Chicago Bears wideout Marquise Goodwin is set to make another attempt at making the US Olympic Team by participating in the long jump qualifiers. And even though the Goodwin might miss a little bit of training camp, Bears’ HC is excited for his wideout.
Marquise Goodwin has always been a track star, ever since his college days at the University of Texas. He was a four-time All-American and two-time national champion in the long jump, and also made the 2012 US Olympic team before getting drafted by the Bills in 2013.
.@ChicagoBears WR Marquise Goodwin actually competed in the 2012 Olympics while he was still in college.
His Olympic trial long jump in 2012 recorded 8.33m, a record which would’ve won him the Olympic Gold at the finals.
He will compete for the 2020 Olympic trials now. pic.twitter.com/usKzo77gif
— Sportskeeda Pro Football (@SKProFootball) June 24, 2021
Goodwin competed at the London Olympics and topped his qualifier and managed to finish 10th in the final. His bid for the 2016 Olympics fell short, but he’ll get another chance as the Olympic track-and-field trials continue this weekend.
Matt Nagy spoke about Marquise Goodwin’s attempt to make the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
Goodwin is set to compete in the men’s long jump qualifier on Friday, following a jump of 8.12 meters in the spring. It will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network between 4 pm and 7 pm CST.
“Anytime you have an Olympic mentality you are different,” Matt Nagy said. “That’s a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour regime that you are keeping your body in shape. … For him, that’s never going to change.”
If Goodwin qualifies, he’ll compete for a spot on the Olympic team during the long jump finals on Sunday. “My chances are always high because you never know what could happen on that day,” Goodwin said.
The energy at Olympic trials is 🔥. Just left the track… what an opportunity 🙌🏿 THANK YOU LORD pic.twitter.com/EZjZwh74uL
— MG (@marquisegoodwin) June 23, 2021
The 30-year-old sat out the 2020 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic and then signed with the Bears this offseason. The Track-field portion of the Tokyo Olympics runs from July 30-August 8, and the finals of the long jump take place on Aug. 2. If he makes the U.S. Olympic team, Goodwin would miss a portion of Bears training camp, which is set to kick off on July 27.