The Daily Rome Taste
Young athlete trains for the upcoming Roman Track Olympics
Before the race
Andre poses for photographers before his school's track race.
After the Big race
Andre wins gold!!
Where Andre practiced his running while he grew up.
The Young Racer
Standing at 5-foot 1-inch, 14-year-old, Andre da Villa, he is the youngest runner to be selected to compete in the Roman Track Olympics. Andre is not a normal boy. He runs a 2-minute 23-second mile! That's better than most runners could ever do. When we confronted Andre at his middle school, where he attends 8th-grade classes, he waved off our interview, but we caught him before his school race. He spoke and posed for pictures. He spoke very briefly saying that "it was a gift from god" and he will try his best to win the gold". His family said "As long as he tries, we"ll be happy for him". If Andre indeed does win, he will be the youngest person of the Roman Olympics to win.