Joanna Hayes Biography

Track and Field Athlete, Athlete(1976–)
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.

Synopsis

Joanna Hayes was born December 23, 1976 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. After her second injury, she took some time off to work at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center. In 2002 she went back to train full-time in preparation for the 2004 Olympic Games, where she won the gold medal in 100-meter hurdles. She currently coaches Track and Field at Brentwood School in Los Angeles.

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Olympic runner. Born December 23, 1976 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. After proving herself as a track and field star at John W. North High School and UCLA, Hayes won the gold medal in 100-meter hurdles at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, becoming only the second American in history to win the title.

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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