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Walmart Employee Secretly Trains For Olympics Only To Win

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Man Works at Walmart Deli - Shocks the World When He Qualifies For the Olympics

Meet the Walmart Sandwich Employee hurdling toward success, "foot-by-foot."

In the world of sports, Olympic hopefuls often dedicate their entire lives to training. However, Dylan Beard is an exception.

This Walmart deli employee is not just preparing sandwiches but also preparing to qualify for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. His journey is a testament to the power of determination, hard work, and an unbreakable spirit — and there's a lot we can learn from his story.



Rising Through The Ranks

Dylan Beard's story took a surprising turn when he emerged victorious in the 60-meter hurdles at the Millrose Games in February. His relaxed approach and positive mindset led him to victory, making him the third fastest hurdler in the world! This accomplishment secured him a spot at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon.

Reflecting on his victory, Beard shared his track-star secret: “I went in a lot more relaxed, like nothing to lose, a lot to gain.” His success at the Millrose Games was just the beginning. But his life didn't suddenly change overnight. Despite his achievements on the track, Beard returned to his normal routine immediately after the race, juggling weight training, practice, and most shocking of all...his job at Walmart.

Balancing Work and Passion

Beard’s daily life is a balancing act between his full-time job at Walmart and his rigorous training schedule at North Carolina State University. Unlike many athletes who rely on sponsorships, Beard is an unsponsored athlete, funding his Olympic dream through his meagre paycheck. Wow.

Reuben McCoy, Beard's coach, is in awe of his dedication.
"His work ethic is very much unmatched. And his character speaks very highly of the man who he is,” McCoy said. This sentiment is echoed by Beard’s manager at Walmart, David Davis, who praised Beard's exceptional customer service and his willingness to go above and beyond both at work and on the track.

In addition to his athletic pursuits, Beard has also achieved academic success. He earned a Master’s degree in public health from Howard University and aspires to use his education to counsel at-risk youth, demonstrating his commitment to making a positive impact both on and off the track.

A Surprise Sponsor Made This Heartfelt Gesture

Dylan Beard holds up $20,000 Walmart Cheque Beside Friends and Family.

Dylan Beard holds up $20,000 Walmart Cheque Beside Friends and Family.

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Dylan Beard’s inspiring journey has not gone unnoticed. During an interview on the TODAY show, Beard was surprised with a $20,000 check from Walmart. This generous gift will allow his friends and family to support him at the Olympic trials in Eugene. Overwhelmed with gratitude, Beard expressed his appreciation: “I’m very appreciative. Very unexpected. And I’m thankful, very thankful.”

Whether on the field or behind the counter, Beard is a reminder of the powerful saying, the way you do one thing is the way you do everything. David Davis, his manager at Walmart, told Today, “He provides excellent customer service all the time. He goes above and beyond, just like he does on the track.”

In fact, the good news made it all the way to the top. Walmart's Vice President of People, Liz Consuegra, tells PEOPLE that they are "incredibly proud to have Dylan as part of our Walmart family. His accomplishments on the track not only highlight his individual success but also reflect his commitment and drive at work. We are all cheering Dylan on as he prepares to compete in the Olympic trials."

Beard’s story is a powerful reminder of what can be achieved through hard work and perseverance. Despite the challenges, he remains dedicated to his goals, both as an athlete and as a public health advocate. “At the end of the day, my name is attached to what I’m doing. So yes, I’m working at Walmart in the deli, but it still represents me, which represents a lot of other people,” he said.

The Power of Determination

Dylan Beard’s journey from a Walmart deli counter to the Olympic trials is a testament to the power of determination and resilience.

His story encourages us to pursue our dreams, no matter the obstacles, and serves as a symbol of hope for anyone striding to achieve their goals. Whether on the track or behind the deli counter, Beard's unwavering commitment and drive inspire us all to reach for greatness in every aspect of our lives.

If you are moved by Dylan Beard's story check out his GoFundMe to see how you can help him go to Paris 2024 Olympics.


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