Olympian David Oliver wants kids ‘on the go’

    Olympian David Oliver has announced his new partnership with Coca-Cola, the “On-the-Go with D.O.” program, designed to get families physically active just in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

    The Denver native, also known as ‘D.O.’, said that when Coca-Cola approached him with an idea to get kids active and moms in the Olympic spirit, he was totally onboard.

    “Just being able to get out there and be active is what I love to do no matter what the event is. To get kids inspired and active leads to a healthy lifestyle and an active one, and that’s one of the staples of what I stand for,” he said.

    One school will be selected to win a field day in which David will host and participate in festivities that promote a healthy lifestyle, and five runner-up schools will receive an “On-the-Go with D.O.” prize.

    “I’m looking forward to whatever school wins the field day, which is one of the days I really liked growing up in elementary school. What’s more fun than a three-legged race, sack race or tug-of-war and winning that blue ribbon,” he said.

    The hurdler said that it’s important for children to be physically active because some schools are eliminating physical education and children are filling that void with TV and video games.

    “Being very active is very important for the lifelong health of the next generation, which [are] basically the future leaders of our world,” he said.

    David will be vying for a spot in the 2012 London Olympic Games, which will start on Friday, July 27.

    “I’m just ready to go,” he said.

    He took home the bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and this year he’s shooting for the gold. He currently holds the American record for the fastest time of 12.89 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles.

    After graduating from Howard University in 2004, David began to pursue his track career professionally. This is his eighth professional season, and he’s been putting in four-hour days of training since last November.

    But when he’s not training, David likes to kick back, watch TV, read and wash his cars. And although he said he likes to keep his personal life private, the 30-year-old did say that he’s been off the market for a while now and really enjoys his relationship.

    —Kimberley Gladscoe

     

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