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O’Brien releases book “Clearing Hurdles: A Quest to be the World’s Greatest Athlete”


As he celebrates the 20th anniversary of his 1992 Olympic Trials competition with Dave Johnson, more commonly referred to as “Dan and Dave”, Dan O’Brien recently released his book entitled “Clearing Hurdles: A Quest to be the World’s Greatest Athlete”, which covers his struggles and perseverance in ultimately becoming an Olympic decathlon gold medalist.

The book includes a forward from tennis great Andre Agassi and covers all aspects of O’Brien’s life that includes being adopted, failing out of college, battles with depression and substance abuse, his failing to qualify for the 1992 Olympic team and his eventual 1996 Olympic gold medal and three World Outdoor titles.

Regarded as one of the top decathletes of all time, O’Brien is a National Track & Field Hall of Fame member, the current American record holder, former world record holder and the 1996 Olympic gold medalist. The book also comes after O’Brien was recently elected to both the IAAF Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and 2012 marks 100 years since Jim Thorpe claimed the first gold medal in the Olympic decathlon. O’Brien is the oldest decathlete in history to win an Olympic gold medal.

Track & Field News calls O’Brien’s book, “the stuff movies are made of.” More information on O’Brien’s book can be found here.

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