Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – By day, Terry Marshall is a mild mannered civil engineer at O'Brien and Gere, developing systems to overcome obstacles. But at night, he overcomes obstacles of a different kind. Marshall is training to become a member of the Olympic team, competing in the 110-meter hurdles.
"This is my dream," says Marshall, "and I want to pursue it.”
Marshall was a scholarship athlete at Syracuse University, and is seeking a spot on the team from Barbados, his home country.
"I love the USA, but Barbados is where I'm from, so I must represent," he says.
Making Marshall's effort more of a challenge, is the fact that he's only able to train part of the time. The rest of the time he spends as a junior civil engineer working at O'Brien and Gere.
"I love what I do…I love my job…I love being an engineer. My other job is to come to the track every day. That's my life,” he said.
Marshall trains six days a week, and gets help from his coach Charlie Lester.
"He's a scientist at his sport," says Lester. "He makes my job easier."
Marshall says regardless of how things end up with the Olympics, he eventually would like to mentor younger athletes, hoping to be a role model to kids. He'll find out if he's made the Barbados Olympic team on June 23.