Event: Long Jump
PR: 8.95m/29-4.50WR (1991)
Born: November 10, 1963 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Current Residence: Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
High School: Edgewood (West Covina, Calif.) HS '81
College: UC-Irvine '84, UCLA '86
Agent: Emanuel Hudson
Career Highlights: World long jump record holder; 1991and 1993 World Outdoor champion; 1988 & 1992 Olympic silver medalist; six-time U.S. Outdoor champ.
Powell retired from competition following the 1996 Olympics, only to return on Saturday, May 12, 2001 at the Modesto Relays, where he won with a leap of 8.06m/26-5.25. Powell later told the San Francisco Chronicle: "I'm happy to be back. I told the guys, 'thanks for letting me play.' I'll see them at nationals. I'll be there and I'll be more serious." Powell also said that his ultimate goal is 2004. "I want to be a 40-year-old jumper in the Olympics," he addedcurrently works as a volunteer assistant coach at Cal State-Fullerton, where he will also pursue a master's degree in sports psychology. He has also coached throughout the world, and for the last decade, has been a corporate spokesperson and public speaker. Powell is also involved in the humanitarian efforts of Olympic Aid, an organization made up of Olympic athletes who have devoted their time and efforts to helping children around the world. Set world record of 8.95m/29-4.50 in winning epic duel against Carl Lewis at the 1991 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Tokyo, handing Lewis his first defeat in the long jump in 10 years. Born in Philadelphia, Powell moved with his family to California at age 11. Although his first love was basketball, Powell ended up on the track team at UC-Irvine after long jumping 23-8 and high jumping 7-0 as a senior in high school. Powell never scored in an NCAA meet while at UC-Irvine, and was nicknamed "Mike Foul" for his many unsuccessful attempts at hitting the board. He transferred to UCLA as a senior, but a hamstring injury stopped his final season as a collegian. In his first year out of college, new coach, Randy Huntington, helped Powell solve his fouling problem. He ended the year ranked #6 in the world with a best of 27-1.75. Powell made the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team with a wind-aided leap on his final attempt of 27-5.25. The performance is even more impressive considering that Powell had an emergency appendectomy just six weeks earlier. Powell won Olympic silver medals in 1988 and 1992, and was the dominant long jumper in the world in 1993 and 1994, winning 34 competitions in a row. Powell entered the 1996 season hoping to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Atlanta. He was forced to enter the competition with a frayed groin muscle that ripped during his last attempt in the final. He left Atlanta in fifth place.
2001: Won Modesto Relays (8.06m/26-5.25).
1997-2000: retired - did not compete.
1996: Won Olympic Trials (8.39m/27-6.50)5th at Olympic Games (8.17/26-9.75)ranked #4 in world (#3 U.S.) by Track & Field Newsbest of 8.39m/27-6.50.
1995: Won U.S. Outdoor Nationals (8.55m/28-0.75w)3rd at World Outdoor Champs (8.29m/27-2.50)ranked #3 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 8.52/27-11.50.
1994: Won USA Outdoor Championships (8.68m/28-5.75w)ranked #1 in the world by T&FNbest of 8.68m/28-5.75.
1993: Won World Outdoor Champs (8.59m/28-2.5)won USA Outdoor Champs (8.53/28-0w)ranked #1 in world by T&FNbest of 28-5.5.
1992: Won Olympic Trials (8.62/28-3.5)2nd at Olympics (8.64/28-4.25)ranked #2 in world and U.S. by T&FNbest of 28-4.5.
1991: set world record of 8.95/29-4.5 in winning World Outdoors2nd at U.S. Outdoors (8.63/28-3.75won Olympic Festivalranked #1 in world by T&FNbest of 8.95/29-4.5.
1990: Won U.S. Outdoors (8.24/27-0.5)ranked #1 in world by T&FNbest of 28-5.
1989: 2nd at U.S. Outdoors (8.52/27-11.5w)ranked #3 in world and U.S. by T&FNbest of 8.49/27-10.25.
1988: Won silver medal at Olympic Games (8.49/28-7.5)3rd at Olympic Trials (8.36/27-5.25w)4th at TAC Champs (8.07/26-5.75w)ranked #3 in world and U.S. by T&FNbest of 27-10.5.
1987: 7th at U.S. Outdoors (7.88/25-10.25)1st at World University Gamesranked #6 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 8.27/27-1.75.
1986: Best of 8.05/26-5.
1985: 3rd at U.S. Outdoors (8.28/27-2w)4th at Olympic Festivalranked 10th in world (5th U.S.) by T&FNbest of 27-2.
1984: Won Big West Champs2nd at U.S. Outdoors (8.14/26-8.25w)6th at Olympic Trials (7.98/26-2.25)ranked 8th in U.S. by T&FNbest of 26-2.25.
1983: Best of 8.05/26-5.25.
1982: Best of 7.48/24-6.5.