EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- For years, sprinter Walter Dix has
cultivated an air of mystery with his quiet and reserved demeanor.
In a sport known for its flash, Dix simply preferred not to
stand out, which was hard to do after a highly decorated career at
Florida State and even harder after capturing two Olympic bronze
medals at the 2008 Beijing Games.
More and more, though, he's stepping out of his shell as he
hopes to climb out of the shadows of Jamaica's Usain Bolt and
fellow American Tyson Gay, possibly even steal some of their
Only then, Dix insisted, will fans see a glimpse of his true
personality, one that he asserts leans more toward showy than shy.
Until that time, he's content with just being an enigma.