I meet Olympic Gold Medal Athlete Dan O’Brien…

I never thought that I’d get an opportunity to meet an Olympic Gold Medal Athlete but earlier today I had a great opportunity to meet Dan O’Brien.

Dan O’Brien is a former American decathlete. He was deemed one of the best decathlon athletes of the 1990s, winning an Olympic gold medal after winning three consecutive world titles.

O’Brien won the Olympic gold medal for decathlon at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and also won gold medals at the 1991, 1993, and 1995 World Championships in Athletics.

Meeting an Olympic Gold Medalist

In 1992 he set a world record of 8,891 points, and appeared with U.S. rival Dave Johnson in a popular TV advertising campaign for Reebok. The series of commercials, entitled “Dan & Dave,” were meant to build interest in Reebok and the decathletes, culminating in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

O’Brien has been a resident of the Phoenix area since 1997. He owns Gold Medal Acceleration, a gym in Scottsdale, is a volunteer track coach at ASU, and does commentary for track and field events on television.


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