Secrets of a Champion Student-Athlete: A Reality Check

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Obadele Thompson

Obadele Thompson is an Olympic medalist, NCAA champion, author, speaker, and attorney.

Unrecruited in high school, Obadele contacted The University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP), hoping for an athletic scholarship. He succeeded and went on to have a record-setting collegiate career.

After graduating summa cum laude in Economics and Marketing, he competed globally as a professional athlete for a decade, winning a medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.


  • Olympic 100-meter dash Medalist
  • 4 x NCAA Individual Champion
  • 2 x NCAA Record Holder
  • NCAA Indoor Track Athlete of the Year
  • NCAA Today’s Top VIII Recipient
  • CoSIDA First Team-at-Large Academic All-American