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Hyleas Fountain

Hyleas Fountain

Event: Heptathlon
Height: 5-7
Weight: 143
PR: Heptathlon 6,735 (2010); Pentathlon - 4,753i (2010)
Born: 01/14/1981
Current Residence: Daytona Beach, Fla.
Hometown: Harrisburg, Pa.
High School: Central Dauphin East H.S. (Harrisburg, Pa.) '00
College: Barton CC '02 & Georgia '04
Coach: Dan Pfaff
Agent: Karen Locke
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USA Championships
Five-time USA Outdoor champion – 2005 (6,208); 2007 (6,090); 2008 (6,619); 2010 (6735w); 2012 (6419)
2005 USA Indoor pentathlon champion (4,417i)
 
International Championships
2008 Olympic silver medalist (6,619)
                                 
Collegiate Championships
2004 NCAA Outdoor long jump champion (6.61m/21-8.25 SR)
2003 NCAA Outdoor champion (5,999)
2004 NCAA Indoor long jump (6.58m/21-7.25) and pentathlon (4,412) champion
 
About Hyleas
Fountain has been one of the top heptathletes in the U.S. for the past seven years, with multiple national titles to her name. She tied the American record in the women's pentathlon at the 2010 World Indoor Championships with her score of 4,753 points, finishing in fourth place. Fountain became the only American woman other than Jackie Joyner-Kersee to win an Olympic medal in the heptathlon, in 2008. Initially she was the bronze medalist, but was moved up from third to second when original silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska failed a drug test. Her time of 12.65 in the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Olympic Trials, worth 1,178 points on scoring tables, broke three records: American record, heptathlon 100m hurdles (12.69, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 1988, Seoul); Olympic Trials record, heptathlon 100m hurdles (12.71, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 1988, Indianapolis); and USA National Championship record, heptathlon 100m hurdles (12.77, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 1991, NYC). Not only an NCAA heptathlon champion, Fountain is also an outstanding long jumper, triple jumper, high jumper and hurdler. Credits her mother for introducing her to the sport at age seven. With Jackie Joyner-Kersee as her idol, Fountain says that in school she always wrote papers on her and Wilma Rudolph. Because heptathlon was not offered in Pennsylvania high schools, she had to wait until college. In 2002, she won five NJCAA titles and had three runner-up finishes for Barton CC. Transitioned her speed to the ice to help USA Bobsled as a push athlete and helped pilot Megan Hill to a bronze medal at the North American Cup tour in late 2012.
Other Results
2012: DNF at Olympic Games; 1st at Olympic Trials (6419); 1st at Tucson Elite Classic LJ (6.75m/ 22-1.75); 6th at USATF Classic LJ (8.51m/27-11.00), 8th in 60mH (8.51)
2011: DNF at World Outdoors; 6th a USA Outdoors (5861); 7th in 60mH (8.21) and 5th in long jump (6.40m/21-0) at USA Indoors
2010: USA Outdoor champion (6735w); 4th at World Indoors (4,753AR); 1st at Penn State (4,731i); 3rd in LJ (6.70m/21-11.75), 7th in 60mH at USA Indoors (8.38); 3rd at Stockholm in LJ (6.56m/21-6.25).
2009: USA Outdoors (DNF); 1st in LJ at DecaNation (6.80m/22-3.75); 1st in LJ at Luzern (6.89m/22-7.25PR).
2008: Olympic Games silver medalist (6,619); Olympic Trials champion (6,667 points), 4th in long jump (6.70m/21-11.75); 1st in Talence (6,473).
2007: USA Outdoor champion (6,090); DNF at World Outdoors.
2006: USA Outdoor runner-up (6,148); 8th in pentathlon at World Indoors (4,205); 2nd at San Juan NACAC CE Champs (5,956).
2005: USA Outdoor heptathlon champion (6,208); 12th at World Outdoors (6,055); 3rd at Gotzis (6,502PR); USA Indoor pentathlon champion (4,417i); 3rd in 60H at USA indoors (8.22), 2nd in LJ (6.29m/20-7.75i); 1st in LJ at Johnson City (6.35m/20-10i); 1st in 60mH at Chapel Hill (8.15i).
2004: 4th at Olympic Trials (6,035 PR); NCAA Outdoor long jump champion (6.61m/21-8.25 SR); NCAA Outdoor heptathlon runner-up (5,785); SEC Outdoor long jump (6.59m/21-7.5) and high jump (1.77m/5-9.75) champion; 3rd in the TJ (13.40m/43-11.75 PR) and 4th in 100mH (13.11 PR) at SEC Outdoors; NCAA Indoor long jump (6.58m/21-7.25) and pentathlon (4,412) champion; SEC Indoor pentathlon (4,417 CR), high jump (1.79m/5-10.50) and long jump (6.44m/21-1.50) champion; 1st in heptathlon at Ole Miss Invitational (6,033 SR).
2003: NCAA Outdoor champion (5,999); SEC Outdoor champion (5,626); 2nd at Sea Ray Relays (5,282); SEC Indoor champion (4,164); 2nd in LJ at Knoxville (6.51m/21-4.25); 1st in HJ at Gainesville (1.81m/5-11.25i).
2002: NJCAA Outdoor (5,673w) champion; 9th in the heptathlon at the USA Outdoor Combined Events Championships (5,136). 
2001: NJCAA Outdoor heptathlon champion (4,905). 
2000: USA Junior high jump champion (1.83m/6-0).
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Outdoor bests – heptathlon, 6,419 points (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 12 in the world)
2011: Outdoor bests – heptathlon, 5,861 points (No. 6 in the USA by T&FN)
2010: Indoor bests – pentathlon, 4,753 points (No. 1 in the USA, No. 4 in the world); Outdoor bests – 6,735 points (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 3 in the world, ranked No. 5 in the world by T&FN)
2008: Outdoor bests – heptathlon, 6,667 points (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the world by T&FN)
2007: Outdoor bests – heptathlon, 6,090 points (No. 2 in the USA, No. 29 in the world)
2006: Indoor bests – pentathlon, 4,205 points (No. 4 in the USA, No. 34 in the world); Outdoor bests – heptathlon, 6,148 points (No. 2 in the USA, No. 23 in the world)
2005: Indoor bests – pentathlon, 4,417 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 10 in the world); Outdoor bests – heptathlon, 6,502 points (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 4 in the world, ranked No. 7 in the world by T&FN)
2004: Indoor bests – pentathlon, 4,412 points (No. 1 in the USA, No. 15 in the world); Outdoor bests – heptathlon, 6,035 points (No. 5 in the USA, No. 35 in the world)
2003: Indoor bests – pentathlon, 4,164 points (No. 4 in the USA, No. 35 in the world); Outdoor bests – heptathlon, 5,999 points (No. 4 in the USA, No. 34 in the world)
2002: Outdoor bests – heptathlon, 5,673 points
2001: Outdoor bests – heptathlon, 4,905 points
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