Events: 20k & 50k Race Walk
PRs: 20kW 1:25:05 (2000); 50kW, 3:57:54 (2000)
Born: February 25, 1971, in Newport, Ore.
Current Residence: Chula Vista, Calif.
High School: Lincoln HS, Portland, Ore. '89
College: Willamette '93
Coach: Jose Marin
Career Highlights: 2000 Olympic 50k Trials Runner-up; 2000 Olympian; 1997 U.S. 50k champion; 2-time world team member; 2nd in 20k at 1997 U.S. Outdoor nationals; 1996 Olympic 50k Trials Runner-up.
Hermann started walking in high school when his teammate (and now national team member) Philip Dunn taught him how: "I wanted a back-up event in case I could not make the transition from high school to college running." As captain of Willamette's cross country and track teams, Hermann continued to race walk on the side to score more points for the team at districts and nationals...Hermann is the cousin of Mac Wilkins, 1976 Olympic discus champion...earned two degrees: political science with international emphasis, and Spanish...is coached by Jose Marin of Spain.
2000: Placed 2nd at Olympic Trials 50k race (3:57:54)...placed 31st at
Olympic 50k walk at Olympics in 4:07:18...3rd at Olympic Trials 20k race
(1:28:06)...ranked #1 20kRW, #3 50kRW U.S. by T&FN...bests of 1:25:05 and
1999: 4th in World Cup 20k...60th in World Cup 50k...3rd in 50k at USA Outdoors...disqualified at World Champs...ranked #4 in U.S. at both 20k and 50k by T&FN...bests of 1:25:52 and 3:58:57.
1998: 3rd in USA 50k Champs... disqualified in 20k at USA Outdoors... ranked #3 U.S. at 50k, #6 U.S. at 20k by T&FN...bests of 1:26:52 and 4:08:00.
1997: Won USA 50k Champs...75th in 20k World Cup... 2nd in 20k at USA Outdoors... disqualified in 50k at World Champs...bests of 1:26:07 and 3:58:54.
1996: 2nd in 50k Olympic Trials...10th in 20k Olympic Trials...ranked #2 U.S. at 50k by T&FN...bests of 1:35:41 and 4:05:43.
1995: 3rd in World Cup 20k Trials...6th in USA 50k Champs...9th in 20k at USA Outdoors... ranked #8 U.S. at 20k, #6 at 50k by T&FN...bests of 1:28:47 and 4:19:51.
1994: 5th in USA 20k Champs...22nd in 20k at Pan Am Cup... ranked #6 U.S. at 20k by T&FN...best of 1:30:47.
1993: Bests of 1:29:49 and 4:54:25.