Anchorage (KTUU) If you ask David Registe what motivates him in his life, he'll tell you it's one thing: being the best.
"Winning is fun, " he says with a chuckle. "Who doesn't want to be on the winning side?
It's this kind of thinking that had the Palmer native excel at the long jump back in high school, although he remembers needing some convincing to even go out for the sport.
"My friends had to really convince me to even try out," he said. "But once I did, long jump was the sport I ended up being good at."
In his first year ever competing, Registe won state in long jump as a junior... then went and won it again as a senior. From there? A scholarship to UAA for track and field.
Once in college, he really began to shine, winning the GNAC championship in 2011 in the long jump, 100 meters, 200 meters, 4x100 meter relay and the 4x400 meter relay.
After college, Registe continued to excel in long jump, winning a silver medal at the 2011 Pan American Games and then winning a gold medal at the inaugural Pan American Sports Festival.
But what he loves most about competing in sports? He put it quite succinctly for me.
"I just love the feeling of me being able to put in the work that somebody else migh not be willing to do and take me to the top," Registe says with a grin.
While David is now retired, you would think with how competitive he is, that would make retired life a little difficult. It's the exact opposite.
"I have had zero issue because I am so competitive in everything I do. I've had zero issue," he said with a laugh.
He's not kidding. David says he's competitive about everything, from cornhole to mountain biking. There's nothing that he doesn't want to excel at.
"It's fun to push yourself," he says. " It's not fun to sit back and be content with where you're at and what you have, it's fun to always strive to be better."
Registe is now Director of Programs at the Dome in Anchorage. He says it feels like his life has come full circle since accepting a job there.
"This Dome facility, I live in here. I've lived in here for a long time as an athlete working out, so working here now is just funny because it's home.," he says with a smile.