“I really appreciate the things you did for me at the Olympics, Carla. You definitely helped me out! I was really having a bad time. There were so many things coming at me from different angles. Improving my mental game was so simple but I had never thought of it. Channeling it was awesome and definitely helped me out!” – Manteo Mitchell, 2012 USA Olympic Silver Medalist Who Finished With A Broken Leg
Listen to Carla Lundblade’s interview with Manteo Mitchell, 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, at Manteo Mitchell: Olympic Sprinter Reports Early for Work on Carla Lundblade’s Psyched Up Radio show.
Manteo Mitchell is a 2012 USA Olympic Silver Medalist and an American athlete who specializes in the 200m and 400m. He is most notably known for running the last half-lap with a broken left fibula in the Olympic 4×400-meter relay preliminaries. Mitchell finished his heat in a more-than-respectable 46.1 seconds, and the United States tied the Bahamas in the second heat in 2 minutes, 58.87 seconds – the fastest time ever run in the first round of the relay at the Olympics.
He was a member of the USA team that won the gold medal in the Men’s 4×400 metres relay (splitting 45.7) at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He gained an athletic scholarship at Western Carolina University where he broke numerous school records and reached the NCAA Outdoor Championship three out of four years. Mitchell holds personal records of 21.13 & 46.17 (indoors) and 20.47 & 44.96 (outdoors).
While many track stars begin the sport at a young age, Mitchell took his first lap in high school. After only seven years, the first time Olympian says it definitely won’t be his last.
Photo Courtesy of Mark Haskett.