How insane would it be to watch a current Seahawk in the Summer Olympics? DK Metcalf will be trying to make the team with a 100-meter run on Sunday. 12s have learned not to doubt what Metcalf is capable of. Maybe he won’t be a favorite to make the Olympics but he also shouldn’t be discounted.
The qualifying standard to make the United States Olympic team for the 100-meter is 10.05. This is ridiculously fast and takes a lot of training to get there. Pure speed doesn’t an Olympic contender make. Lots of people are fast but proper technique, just like any other sport, can make or break a winner versus a person who doesn’t even come close.
If we base DK Metcalf’s all-out sprint to tackle Budda Baker in the Seahawks versus Cardinals game last year on Metcalf’s 100-meter time, he basically ran a 9.88. His top-end speed was 22.64 miles per hour. (For reference, I can maybe run 5 miles an hour and I would be happy with that.)
How to see DK Metcalf try to get into the Olympics
The Olympic trials stake place at 1:30 pm PT Sunday. You can watch it on FuboTV or on NBC or NBCSports.com.
According to the Sporting News
"If Metcalf fails to automatically qualify for Trials, he’ll need to have one of the 32 fastest times overall to earn a spot (the 100-meter cutoff was 10.16 seconds in 2016 and 10.28 seconds in 2012)."
If DK Metcalf makes it to the 2021 Summer Olympics (and we are still a ways off from that), then he would participate in the games beginning July 23rd. The Seahawks would have DK Metcalf back in plenty of time for the season.
Metcalf making the Olympics is still going to be difficult. He has the raw skill to run really fast and at world-class speed but without proper technique, he might not be among the best in the world. But since when has this held DK Metcalf back before?