AMERICA'S TOUGHEST COP ALIVE
AT: The Toughest Cop Alive is a one-day competition with eight events. There's nothing else like it. It would be closest to the pentathlon, but the events are totally different. Our events are based on physical skills that a police officer could need in real-life situations.
GS: What is your training regimen?
AT: Right now, I'm on a maintenance routine. I usually train about an hour and a half a day. When the spring comes along I start picking it up to almost double that. There are times when I'm training four hours a day. Everything else, all my work, court, I don't really have a whole lot of extra time. It does take its toll. If I could train on-duty, it would be a lot easier. There's a lot of potential that I haven't tapped yet.
GS: How do your fellow officers look at this TCA?
AT: They're real supportive of me but you get the normal good-natured joking. They're going to bust your chops and stuff, you know.
GS: Does some of the razzing have to do with the title "Toughest Cop Alive"?
AT: Yeah, the Toughest Cop Alive is probably not the best title and I don't think I'm the toughest cop alive. But I did win the contest called The Toughest Cop Alive. That should speak for itself.
GS: Do you consider yourself a great athlete?
AT: I'm a very versatile athlete. I'm not the best in the world in the sense that there are guys that can do things better than me. But I don't know if a whole lot of people can do the things that I can. I think I probably associate myself more with a decathlete than anything else because of the multi-discipline aspect. I think that the TCA is even more multi-disciplinarian because I'm in the pool one minute and then I'm on the bench press the next minute and then I'm running a 5-K cross-country race in the next. Not a whole lot of people can do those three events well.
GS: What is your best event?
GS: How many can you do?
AT: Last year I did 46.
GS: Was that the best in the competition?
AT: No, one guy did more than that.
GS: What is your worst event?
AT: The shot put, because I'm so small and they use a 16-pound shot. It's hard for me to generate a lot of leverage. I'm getting better, though. I threw my personal best last year. The average for TCS athletes is probably 30 feet, and I threw 33 feet. It kept me in the running.
GS: What is your height and weight?
AT: I'm five-eight and about 150 pounds. I'm just an average-sized guy. PAGE 3