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April 30, 2003

Jonathan Fortenberry is a five-time All-American and is currently ranked No. 10 in the nation in the 400m dash. The sophomore finished fourth in the event at the NCAA Indoor Championships and helped lead the Gamecocks 4×400 relay team to a third-place indoor finish at nationals.

As a freshman, Fortenberry anchored the men’s 4×400 relay outdoor championship team. He won Gold and Silver medals at the World Junior Championships in Jamaica.

The Marietta, Ga., native sat down for a Q&A with

Who inspired you?
My grandpa because he introduced sports to me.

What is your most memorable USC track moment?
Winning the 4×4 at the NCAA.

What are your goals for this year?
I would like to run the 400 in 44 and make the World Championship team.

Where do you see yourself 20 years from now?
In Atlanta, married with kids.

Do you have any goals after college?
I want to go to the Olympics in the 400 and 4×4. I also want to take care of my parents.

What is your favorite thing to do when you are not running?
Play video games.

What is you favorite thing about being a Gamecock?
Being in the SEC.

Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
Michael Jordan.

What sport would you do if you were not in track?

What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I’m shy.

Why did you choose USC?
It was close to home, the atmosphere here is great and the coaching.

What is your favorite thing about Coach Frye?
The Speeches he gives before meets.

What is one word that describes you?