I Am An Olympian: Emiliano Grillo

This 23-year-old PGA Tour winner from Argentina's next goal is to win Olympic gold in his native South America.

Released on 8/4/2016

Transcript

00:00
My first memory of golf is the first time
00:04
that I picked up a club.
00:06
You know, I was five years old
00:08
and my dad took me and I still remember my coach
00:11
back then, and where I was hitting from
00:14
and who I was hitting with.
00:15
It's a nice memory that I have.
00:18
(upbeat music)
00:29
My dad introduced me to golf
00:31
and you know, he was the biggest supporter
00:33
I've ever had.
00:35
My dad was more of a intelligent side of things,
00:38
stick to school, and my mom was more like
00:41
can't wait to do this, wait to do that,
00:42
so you can keep progressing.
00:44
So on the weekdays we would go and play us three
00:47
and that's why, I think that's why I stick to golf
00:51
when I was little and I had a lot friends
00:54
and stuff like that so it was nice.
00:57
I was like 12 years old, I shot 60, 70, 80,
00:59
I mean, I went from like 72, 71, to 67
01:03
and I was like a four, three handicap back then,
01:06
so it was a pretty big thing.
01:09
And I even have a picture of that score card and everything.
01:14
Yeah, when I moved with my mom
01:17
back then the relationship between my mother
01:19
and my dad wasn't that great so it was a good opportunity
01:22
for her as well to start a new life
01:24
and for me to keep growing.
01:26
And you know it wasn't that hard because
01:30
it was what I wanted to do for my life,
01:32
I wanted to play golf and so that way
01:35
I will stay more in school and not miss
01:38
that many classes, and you know,
01:40
I think it was a very smart move.
01:42
Spend two, three years there and you know,
01:45
I really like there.
01:46
I used to play eight hours of golf
01:49
and I didn't get that before.
01:53
Yeah, IMG scholarship came when I was like 14.
01:57
You know, I wasn't really interested in it.
02:00
It was completely different of what I was used to
02:03
but with time I kept going more often
02:07
and more often and not for full time
02:10
but between tournaments and before tournaments
02:12
and stuff like that, and you know it was a lot of
02:14
good experience and I learned to be, you know,
02:18
by myself and travel and just do anything
02:22
that I needed to do just by myself.
02:25
The Olympics, it's a very big deal.
02:27
Back in Argentina, you don't see every year
02:30
so when it comes on TV everybody's,
02:32
you know, everybody's watching,
02:34
everybody has their own favorite sport
02:36
and then they watch it of course.
02:38
Yeah, I know a lot of guys are pulling out,
02:40
like I say, I'm 100% committed to it.
02:44
It's a once in a life opportunity after 112 years.
02:48
Nowadays very hard to place a gold medal
02:51
in compared to other tournaments.
02:54
I think it's because it was the first time
02:56
that we have them but I mean, I'm looking at more for,
02:59
from now to 50 years or 20 in addition from now,
03:03
it's going to be everybody wants to have
03:05
that one in their resume and say I have a gold medal.
03:10
So being the first one will be really, really nice
03:13
and I can scratch it off my bucket list.
03:16
(upbeat music)
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