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Traven Quitugua continues to look forward

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NOT every athlete comes out always victorious in the end, but for Traven Quitugua, a sprinter, it is the experience of losing the battle that fuels his passion and empowers him to get back up and do better the next time around.

He has accomplished a lot, but not without failing first. It is his ability to stay positive and focused that shaped him to be the runner he is today, he said. “Whenever I take a hit, I know that I have to train even harder to get to the top of my game,” he added. “You just got to get back up and keep pushing. That’s the only way to becoming better.”

Quitugua has always been fast on his feet, and was already a member of the NMI Athletics National Team at the age of 15. “I just love being a sprinter because it’s the challenging part of athletics, and it’s fun to go up against any competitor, especially from around the world.”

Traven Quitugua holds the CNMI flag during an international competition.

 

Traven Quitugua sprints during an international competition. Contributed photos 

To stay in shape,  he works out daily by lifting weights or making rounds on the Beach Road pathway or at the Oleai track field. “Honestly, there are a lot of things you have to focus on, but my main goal is to become better every day. And there's no way to get better except to train.” 

Amid the Covid-19 restrictions, he continues to train on his own so he can be ready to get back on the track as soon as the world returns to normal. “The best way to be ready for a competition is to be physically and psychologically ready. While sprint training, I pump myself up by listening to music and canceling out the rest of the noise.”

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