Germantown Academy decathlete ready for Pan Am Games

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Germantown Academy student tops 10 events. Ducis Rodgers reports during Action News at 6 p.m. on July 11, 2017. (WPVI)

There are thousands of local young athletes who excelled at a track and field discipline.

How about a teenager who is tops in ten different events?

Kyle Garland, a soon-to-be senior at Germantown Academy, is about to showcase his talents on an international stage.

The 17-year-old competes in the decathlon and he's one of the best in the country. Just last month, he qualified for the Junior Pan Am Games.

He's the youngest American decathlete ever to qualify for the competition.

"To represent my country, wear these three letters 'USA' across my chest, at a young age, still in high school, it's a humbling experience. It's crazy and it just keeps me humble," Kyle said.

Kyle's coach is his father Keith Garland. Together, they endure long hours, grueling workouts, and the common goal to be the best.

"There is so much excitement going through my head right now, going through my body. It's just a great feeling to know that, in a week, I will be able to travel to a different country, travel out of the country, and compete for my country, go into a competition, and be able to say I competed for Team USA," Kyle said.

"As a coach, I'm like 'we can go higher.' As a dad, tears in my eyes, chest out, that's me, and that's how I feel about him," Keith said.

The jump to international competition is a huge one, but it's only the beginning. He plans to be leaps and bounds better than anyone in the history of the decathlon.

"Why not him? He's trained, he's focused, he wants it, he's hungry," Keith said.

"I want to be an Olympian and I want to be one of the best in the world, if not the best in the world when I'm done with it. When I'm done, I want to be able to come out and say that I'm the best decathlete to ever do it," Kyle said.

Kyle leaves for Peru on Monday.
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