James Lafferty caught the “running bug” as a 9-year-old watching the 1972 Olympic Games of Munich, Germany. He was enamoured with US 800 Meter runner Dave Wottle, who famously ran from behind and wore his trademark “Golf cap” during races. Wottle’s Olympic final race in 1972 is considered one of the greatest races in the history of track and field.
The 1972 Olympics commenced a quest for James to in some way participate in the majesty of the Olympic Games. Whilst an avid runner, James recognized early on he possessed only modest abilities, and his achievements were primarily driven by his work ethic rather than natural talent.