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American athlete Joanna Hayes won the gold medal in 100-meter hurdles at the 2004 Olympics, becoming only the second American in history to win the title.
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Hayes? early career was beset by injury. She suffered a hyper-extended knee in 1997 during the NCAA Outdoor Championships and a strained hamstring in 2001. After the second injury, Hayes took some time off to work at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center East St. Louis, Illinois. She returned to Los Angeles in 2002 to train full-time in preparation for the 2004 Olympic Games. She currently coaches Track and Field at Brentwood School in Los Angeles.
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