BOOTHBAY – Several Mainers aimed to compete in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Lewiston’s Isaiah Harris and Casco’s Kate Hall are a couple.
Matthew Forgues is another, he’s a world class race walker from Boothbay and came close to qualifying for the 2016 summer games. When that didn’t happen he zeroed in on 2020.
He was ranked 65th in the world with the Top 60 getting to the Olympics.
But, once the games were postponed to next summer due to the pandemic, Forgues said it was too much of a financial and physical challenge to continue chasing his Olympic dream.
“You know you think about all the time and money you know things I’ve poured in to these four years of training things I’ve had to say no to like going back to Maine to see my family for Christmas those things I never got to partake in while I was training. So for this to kind of be the end of my story is devastating,” Forgues said.
Forgues said he’s excited to go back to his teaching job and even though he didn’t get to compete in the Olympics he has no regrets and has enjoyed every minute of the journey.