Buchanan High School graduate Kyle Alcorn arrived at Fresno Yosemite International Airport Sunday evening evening to a rousing ovation by family and friends. It came as a shock because he only expected to see his wife and parents.
“This is great support from family and friends. It's awesome,” said Kyle Alcorn.
This past Thursday in Eugene, Oregon Kyle finished third in the 3,000 meter Steeplechase. It was enough to earn him a spot on the Olympic team. The draining race caused him to collapse after the finish line.
“It was a brutal run for me. Really had to dig down deep, take it all the way down to the well there, but obviously the payoff is everything to make this Olympic team,” said Alcorn.
Kyle’s younger brother couldn't be happier for him.
“He’s up at four in the morning running 15 to 16 miles. He’s eating right and being healthy, so I think he deserves it a lot,” said Clay Alcorn, Kyle’s brother.
Kyle credits his family and coaches for his success. His father happens to be both. You see, Scott Alcorn coaches the Fresno Fuego soccer team.
“He's always there to give me words of inspiration before I compete and my wife is always a huge supporter. She calms me down when my nerves get high,” said Alcorn.
When Kyle steps to the starting line in London later this month, the Central Valley's spirit will be there with him.
“It's an honor to be able to represent Fresno and Clovis over there. They will definitely be in my mind when I’m out there competing to make them proud,” said Alcorn.
Kyle travels to Europe on the July 12th to do some training and get adjusted to the time change so he'll be ready for the games that begin on the 27th.