Brendan Ames balances working for Sen. Lummis and training for Olympic Games

Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 12:44 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Cheyenne native and Central graduate Brendan Ames is Senator Cynthia Lummis’ Director of Business Outreach.

However, he is also a track athlete who competed at the Division I level at the University of Kentucky and the University of Southern California.

“It shaped me in a way that if you haven’t competed in sports, it’s tough to understand what drive sports gives you, said Ames. “And that’s why I say it’s not mutually exclusive that everything I’ve done in track has 100% helped my professional career in terms of just understanding a competitive landscape.”

At 32 years old, Ames has one goal left athletically, he wants to qualify for and compete on the US Olympic Track team.

The problem is, it is unclear if he will have the chance to qualify since it is unknown if the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will ever happen.

“It would be tough to be at peace with retiring and not having my last shot at it but there’s more to life,” said Ames. “I’m on a different sort of trajectory and I’m fortunate enough to have a professional career that I’ve working on this entire time.”

Regardless of what happens with the Olympics, Ames wants to pass on a message to the athletes of Wyoming who he believes get left out of the conversation when it comes to getting a shot from big sports programs.

“If you put in the effort and if you want it bad enough, you can make it happen it doesn’t matter where you’re from, you can make it happen here,” said Ames. “And that’s kind of my biggest take away, what I’m really proud of, is that I’ve always been the underdog because I’m some kid from Wyoming. But when we step on that track, it doesn’t matter.”

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