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"When I finished my 100 [meter dash], the adrenaline was passing through my body," said Chavez, who is also a first degree black belt in karate. "I was so pumped that I got first place...I looked [on] both sides, and saw no one on either side of me."
The USA games commence every four years. Greater than 4,000 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the District of Columbia compete in the six-day event. Supporting Chavez was an impressive contingent. His parents, two sisters, his cousin and personal trainer, Toby Kreider, and Wisely all made the trip.
Chavez named several members of his family for their support.
Two months before Seattle, Chavez, who now lives in West Chicago, turned up his already taxing workouts another notch. Training with Kreider at Power Athletics in St. Charles, Chavez lost 19 pounds to get in the best possible shape for his four events.