Trotter won her first individual Olympic medal in 2012 after running at the elite level for nearly a decade. At the 2008 Olympic Trials, in perhaps the most astounding story of the women’s 400, Trotter finished third in 50.88. She was running with a broken bone chip in her left leg, the result of an errant car door closing on her two months ago. Trotter has parlayed a standout high school career running the 100m and 200m into an immensely successful career at 400 meters. In 2005 she won her first USA title in the 400 with a dominant performance of 52.01 to post the fastest time at the USA Indoor Championships since Jearl Miles-Clark ran 51.97 to win in 1999. She attended two high schools: Cross Keys High School and Cedar Grove and was a four-time letter winner in track and field and basketball. Trotter is the founder of Test Me I’m Clean, a charity that focuses on fighting the abuse of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. While at Tennessee she majored in criminal justice. Some of her hobbies include singing, dancing and watching movies. She is the daughter of Debra Holden and Tony Trotter and has two brothers, Yohan Trotter and Ian Jones. She is known for wearing glitter and face paint while competing, which Trotter calls her “war paint.” She also is a big hit at Team USA talent shows with her renowned singing talents. Her given name is De’Hashia Trotter.
Son of Jeff and Sabina Wallace, and brother to sister, Brittany, Jarryd graduated from Oconee County High School and is currently enrolled at the University of Georgia. His hobbies include playing guitar and piano, singing, wake boarding, and surfing. Jarryd started a Leg in Faith Foundation in 2012 to provide prosthetic devices for future elite Paralympic runners.
In the two decades since Chris ‘Fireman’ Brown left the small settlement of Wemyss Bight, Eleuthera, and switched from running the 800 metres to the 400, he has more than surpassed his own expectations. When one talks about track and field in the Bahamas, no conversation is complete without mentioning Brown, affectionately called Fireman because of the level of energy and enthusiasm that he brings every time he lines up to compete.
He hails from a family renowned for their exploits in one of the most popular sports in the country, despite the fact that the island was not equipped with a proper track and field facility for him to train or compete in. His mother, Nola Brown, was an accomplished sprinter, having set the pace as a “barefoot” competitor, and always had the edge on her husband, Harcourt, when they participated in competitions on the road during their teenage days.
As an athlete at Chapel Hill High School in Douglasville, GA, Castlin left her mark by breaking the all-time Georgia High School State record in the 100m hurdles. Moving on to college, she chose to accept a Track and Field Scholarship to Virginia Tech where she progressed tremendously. Castlin currently trains under Coach Nat Page in Atlanta, GA and is sponsored by Nike.
Monica Hargrove has been a consistent figure on the women’s 400-meter scene for more than a decade. She has shown no signs of slowing down, earning her first international gold medal in 2014, with a win in the women’s 4x400m relay at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland. This medal came eight years after her last medal at any major international competiton. Hargrove has the distinction of being the first track athlete to be sponsored by Under Armour. She has also launched the “Strength is Beauty Project,” a campaign geared towards eliminating the stigma that muscular women cannot be beautiful. Hargrove plans to continue her training, looking to earn a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.
Reese Hoffa may have had his best year yet in 2012 by winning bronze in London and winning the 2012 Diamond League title. A pillar of consistency, Hoffa has finished in the top five at the USA Outdoor Championships for eight consecutive years. You have to go all the way back to 2003 to find a time when Hoffa didn’t own one of the top ten throws in the world in either indoor or outdoor competition. At the 2009 World Outdoor Championships, five of the six throws Hoffa took would have won him the gold medal. In 2007 alone, he topped the 70-foot-mark a total of 10 times. He broke C.J. Hunter’s mark in establishing a new Pan American Games record in the shot put in 2003. A huge professional wrestling fan, Hoffa competed while wearing a mask at the 2004 Home Depot Invitational, dubbing himself the “Unknown Shot Putter.” Earned All-American honors four straight years competing for the University of Georgia. Hoffa also competed in football, baseball and wrestling in high school. He says his dream is to compete in a bear suit, being brought onto the track in a cage. He married Renata Hoffa on November 26, 2005.
Lowe’s high school coach didn’t want her to try the high jump because he wanted to keep her in the sprints. Little did he know that she would go on to become one of the best high jumpers not only in the U.S. but also the world. Thankfully, Lowe (neé Howard) was able to convince her high school coach to let her try the high jump. After moving across the country to study at Georgia Tech and train with jumps coach Nat Page, Lowe was able to realize her childhood dream of going to the Olympics at only 20-years-old, making her the first woman from Georgia Tech’s track and field team to become an Olympian.
The following year, Lowe won silver at the 2005 World Championships to become the first American woman to win a world outdoor championships high jump medal since Louise Ritter won bronze at the inaugural event in Helsinki in 1983. Lowe is always a crowd favorite with impossibly defined abs, dramatic dance moves and even the occasional back flip. Lowe graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in economics and Finance. Days after returning from the 2012 Olympic Games, started teaching trigonometry at Grayson High School in Atlanta. Married triple jumper Mario Lowe on August 21, 2005, and gave birth to daughter Jasmine in July 2007 and Aurora in April 2011.
As a Charlotte, North Carolina native, Alphonso Jordan chose to accept a Track & Field scholarship from The Georgia Institute of Technology. In his senior year, Jordan topped of his collegiate career by breaking the Outdoor ACC triple jump record. The elite jumper continues to train in Atlanta, GA under his former college coach, Nat Page, and has big goals for future success to include a new startup he recently founded.
Which of your track and field achievements are you most proud of, and why?
The track and field achievement I’m most proud of is a very tough question for me. The reason being is because winning Olympic Gold in London is a great accomplishment, but so is running the World Record in the same season. This question has haunted me because it is a double-edged sword. I guess if I had to choose one I would choose Olympic gold since I will always be Olympic Champion whereas the world record can be broken and I won’t have it forever.
Taylor’s career as an elite athlete spans well over a decade, and in that time he has won more than 23 national and international championship medals and a total of eight World Championships and Olympic medals. After he had a few off years in the mid-2000s he was working full-time as an electrician in addition to training. However, after he returned to the top with his 2008 Olympic gold, he was able to pick up sponsorships once again and return his focus to training.
Taylor’s success on the track started at a young age. In addition to numerous state tiles, in 1996 Taylor won his first international hardware as he finished third at the World Junior Championships.
In 2000, Taylor won Olympic gold just four years after graduating from high school, at age 21. Both his parents ran, and his father played football at Albany State (Ga.). Taylor is the father of twin boys, born November 2004, Xavier and Isaiah, who often accompany him to the training track. Taylor also coaches their basketball team.
A clutch performer in the men’s triple jump, Christian Taylor scratched his first two jumps at the London Olympic Games before delivering in dramatic fashion and eventually winning the gold medal. In three years competing for the University of Florida, Christian Taylor was a 10-time NCAA All-American. But his career went to a new level when he won the 2011 World Outdoor title with the third best American performance of all-time. At age 21 he was the youngest jumper in the final. Within the 10 All-American honors includes three NCAA Championships (2010 outdoor triple jump; 2009 and 2010 indoor triple jump). Taylor has also won a total of eight SEC championships in the long jump, triple jump and 4x400m relay. His high school career was just as impressive. Competing for Sandy Creek High School, Taylor is the Georgia state record holder in the long jump (25-6), triple jump (52-0) and 400m (47.19). He was also selected the 2008 Gatorade Athlete of the Year for the state of Georgia. Taylor chose to forgo his last year of collegiate eligibility and sign with Li-Ning, a Chinese athletic company. He is coached by 2011 Nike Coach of the Year Rana Reider.