- NAME: Veronica Campbell-Brown
- OCCUPATION: Track and Field Athlete
- BIRTH DATE: May 15, 1982 (Age: 31)
- EDUCATION: Vere Tech, Barton County Community College, University of Arkansas
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Clarks Town, Trelawny, Jamaica
- Full Name: Veronica Campbell-Brown
- AKA: Veronica Campbell
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
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Veronica Campbell-Brown is the youngest Jamaican woman to win an Olympic medal. At the 2012 Olympic Games, she became a six-time Olympic medalist.
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Veronica Campbell-Brown grew up in a small Jamaican village, and showed her strong athleticism by early winning gold in the World Youth Games while she was still in high school. She scored big in the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, with silver and gold medals in the 100 meter, 200 meter and 4-by-100 meter relays. She went on to compete in the 2000 Olympic Games,
"As long as you have breath, as long as the sun shines, and the trees and the grass sustain life, no dreams are too huge to come alive."
"Let each failed attempt furnish you with strength to move forward, don't ever be remorseful due to setbacks."
"The attitude I possess has been very helpful thus far in my athletics career as well as in my personal life, being thankful, believing in dreams, learning from failures and maintaining a positive mind, has all helped mould me into the person I am today."
winning a silver medal in the 4-by-100-meter relay. She then won back-to-back gold medal titles in the 200-meter at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, as well as a gold in the 4-by-100 meter relay and a bronze in the 100-meter in 2004. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Campbell-Brown won her sixth Olympic medal, a bronze, in the 100.
Veronica Campbell-Brown was born on May 15, 1982, into a large family of nine brothers and sisters. Her parents, Cecil Campbell and Pamella Bailey had virtually no athletic background. The little community of Clarks Town, Jamaica, where she grew up, had no athletic facilities to give budding athletes a head start. In her own words, Veronica Campbell exercised sheer determination, natural talent and hard work to achieve her success.
Campbell showed early promise in athletics sprinting to victory barefoot during a school sports day. Her grade school athleticism and high academic marks parleyed into a scholarship at one of Jamaica's prestigious schools, Vere Technical High School in Jamaica.
In 1999, while still in high school, Campbell won two gold medals for the 100-meter sprint and 4-by-100 relay at the IAAF World Youth Games in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
In 2000, Campbell attended Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas. She started off the year winning junior college titles in the 60-, 100- and 200-meter races. She then won a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics, anchoring the second leg of the 4-by-100 meter relay. She capped off the year with wins in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints at the World Junior Championships, held in Santiago, Chile.
Campbell graduated from Barton with a 3.8 GPA in 200, and enrolled at the University of Arkansas, where she excelled as a member of the sprint squad in a dominantly long-distance running program. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, she was eager to equal or better her last Olympic effort. In the 100 meters, she could only muster a bronze medal. However, two days later, she won gold medals in both the 200-meter sprint and the 4-by-100 relay, making her the most successful Caribbean athlete at a single Olympic Games.
Over the next three years, Campbell achieved several major accomplishments. In the 2005 World Championships in Finland, she won silver medals in the 100 meter and the 4-by-100 relay. In 2006, she graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree. In 2007, she scored big at the World Championships with a gold medal in the 100 meter, and silver medals in the 200 meter and 4-by-100 relay. That same year, she married Omar Brown, a fellow Jamaican sprinter and University of Arkansas alumnus.
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