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Dan O'Brien

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Inducted: 2006, athlete

Born: July 18, 1966

Events
Decathlon - 8891 pts.


One of the finest decathletes the world has ever known, O'Brien is tied with 1968 Olympic gold medalist and fellow Hall of Famer Bill Toomey and Tom Pappas with the most U.S. national 10-event titles ever with five. O'Brien captured his own Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Games in Atlanta with 8,824 points for his 11th consecutive decathlon win since September 1992. He avenged a no-height performance in the pole vault at the 1992 Olympic Trials - which kept him off the U.S. Olympic team - to set the then world (and existing American) record later in the year of 8,891 points in Talence, France, bettering his previous WR of 8,812 set in 1991. The world decathlon champion in 1991, 1993 & 1995, O'Brien earned the year-end world #1 ranking from Track & Field News on six occasions and finished in the top ten of T&FN's World Athlete of the Year voting four times during his career.

Records Held
World Record: Decathlon - 8891 pts. (September 5, 1992 - )

Championships
1996 Olympic Games: Decathlon - 8824 pts. (1st)
1991 World Outdoor Championships: Decathlon - 8812 pts. (1st)
1993 World Outdoor Championships: Decathlon - 8817 pts. (1st)
1995 World Outdoor Championships: Decathlon - 8695 pts. (1st)
1991 USA Outdoor Championships: Decathlon - 8844 pts. (1st)
1993 USA Outdoor Championships: Decathlon - 8331 pts. (1st)
1994 USA Outdoor Championships: Decathlon - 8707 pts. (1st)
1995 USA Outdoor Championships: Decathlon - 8682 pts. (1st)
1996 USA Outdoor Championships: Decathlon - 8726 pts. (1st)

Education
high school: Henley HS (Klamath Falls, Oregon), 1984
junior college: Spokane CC, 1988
undergraduate: Idaho, 1989

Occupations
Coach
Personal trainer
Motivational speaker

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