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February 25, 3:30 PM ET
Chat with Justin Gatlin

Buzzmaster
  (3:25 PM)

We've got Justin!

Peter (MD)

You've had an accomplished career...what still motivates you?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:26 PM)

Everything I've done so far has been for me and my family. Going forward, it's all given to the fans. For people like you Peter and people that want to be the next great U.S. sprinter, I want to show them how to do it and lead the pack.

Lenny (DC)

how special was it for you to be a part of the U.S. 4x100 record in London?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:27 PM)

The irony of the situation is you look at all of the people from when the record was set 20 years ago, look at them like Maurice Greene and all of them, it just took the right combination of people to break it.

TrackFan4Life (TN)

Who was your roommate in the Olympic Village in London? Is the Village fun?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:28 PM)

I had five roommates. It was like living in a mini condo, like being back in college. There was a small village, you could do whatever you want. It's chill and laid back. Especially if you're a fan of other sports, it was a delight. I was able to compete and watch the other athletes get ready, eat, I ate lunch with them.

David (NYC)

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:29 PM)

It means a lot to me, because you have a lot of athletes from the past, Jesse Owens, Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson to push me. It's hard to be a pro athlete, period. But for them to have the restraints of being a black athlete in white dominated sports back then, it motivates me daily.

Justin Gatlin
  (3:29 PM)

I couldn't imagine running and having beer bottles thrown at me at the same time.

Trey (Dallas)

What means more to you, the 2004 Olympic gold or the 2012 bronze?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:30 PM)

Oh, man. They're both different. It's like having two kids, you can't love more over the other. But to go out and win the gold, it was motivation to keep going out and doing better. The bronze was just important, because I came back through everything and I was able at my age to get back on the podium.

Joshua Johns (Orlando)

What do yo donewhen you visit Pensacola, FL? How often do you go home?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:31 PM)

It's special to me to go back. It seems like everyone wants to get out of there, and I want to go back. It's fun to go back and ride around and go down memory lane.

Clay (Monroe, LA)

Wallace Spearmon is reportedly moving to the 400m. Have you ever considered trying that event out?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:31 PM)

I have. I don't mind running it, but training for it is a whole different thing. I don't want to do 400 and 500 repeats. I give my hat off to Wallace.

Rob Brown (FL)

How strict is your diet?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:32 PM)

It's pretty strict. When I was younger, I was able to eat pizza and hot dogs. But as I get older, I have to watch what I eat. Bread is my enemy. Even if I do eat hamburgers or grilled chicken, I eat it without the bun. I love chocolate. I tell my coach I eat it for anti-oxidents, but he says I have to stay away.

Paul (Boston)

if you weren't on the track, what do you think you'd be doing with your life?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:33 PM)

I actually would probably try to achieve something in marketing and advertising. I also like sports commentating. I watch a lot of cartoons, so probably working something in the comic book world or cartoonist. I'm a kid at heart.

Ronald G. (Baltimore)

Who has influenced you the most in your track career & what advice would you give to young men sprinters ?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:34 PM)

My parents have influenced me the most. Just watching them. My dad was in the military, so watching him. My mother was a banker with little background and no college education. Watching them fight through life to achieve what they have to live a good life and have a nice house. They're my role models.

Justin Gatlin
  (3:35 PM)

I would tell the young athletes today to draw power from the track or field. You're not going to be able to do that forever. Be prepared for life after sports.

Eric (Jamaica)

What do you think of the Jamaicans dominance of the sprints a nation of just about three million people

Justin Gatlin
  (3:36 PM)

I think it's very tight knit. There are only two professional camps in Jamaica. In America, it's different, there are many camps across the States. The competition is close together and they're able to push each other. The whole country backs it. They do in America too, but their whole country stops for those 9 seconds.

Nicholas (Illinois)

What the next PR you set for yourself?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:36 PM)

The American record. Being able to kill two birds with one stone. If I'm able to break the American record, it will put me in position to be if not the fastest in the world, but the next in line.

Ryan (LA)

Where do you keep all of your medals?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:37 PM)

I usually just give them to my parents. They're going to give them to my son. I just bring them home and they take them. It makes my dad very proud and he brags about them, so I want to do that for them.

Ricky (Tulsa)

When and how many times do you expect to race against Bolt, Blake, or Gay this year? Do you think more competition would heighten the sport's profile in the media?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:38 PM)

I was so bummed out that I was only able to compete against Blake and Bolt at the Olympics. This year, I want to clash with them before the World Championships. I would prefer to race against them 2-3 times before the big show.

Tucker Rajala (Connecticut)

How were you feeling after you just won a Gold Medal at the 2004 Olympics?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:39 PM)

It was funny because once I crossed the line, I thought I won, but I didn't want to be one of those guys that thinks he won and make a fool of myself. Once my name came out on the top of the scoreboard, that's when I started running around the track and embracing the stadium.

ted (cape cod)

What's your go to healthy snack? I am trying to cut back on salty snacks.

Justin Gatlin
  (3:40 PM)

My go-to healthy snack would be dark chocolate almonds.

Nicholas (Illinois)

What's your pre race song?

Justin Gatlin
  (3:41 PM)

I actually listen to different variations of music, hip hop, Guns n Roses, Drake, Li'l Wayne, Kanye, AC/DC. But I'm usually so calm, that I need to hype myself up. I have to put myself in a scenario like a gladiator or warrior.

Justin Gatlin
  (3:41 PM)

Thanks for tuning into the chat and asking questions. Thanks for supporting me. Hit me up on social media. Thank you for having me ESPN.