According to New York-based gossip reporter Baird Jones, the dreamy Felicity actor was a dedicated Olympic-style swimmer and runner as a teen, but was badly injured at one point, which led him to make the shift to acting.
Speedman who dished the exclusive dirt to Jones at a party for Veuve Clicquot champagne this past Wednesday (July 11) says overtraining and pushing himself too hard ruined his shot at sports stardom.
Speedman explains, I got injured in the 1996 Olympic year because I way, way overtrained. I busted up my shoulders [from swimming], had no sensation in both my arms, and couldnt pull through the water two weeks after Olympic trials. But I made the junior Olympic team.
Speedman also made a fast name for himself on the racetrack, and set individual records as a runner, but training definitely took a toll on him.
He adds, By the time I was 12 years old, I was training twice a day, two hours in the morning, three hours at night. I was exhausted all the time and looked like a ghost. It was a different kind of childhood for sure.
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