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.
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.