THE JESSE OWENS AWARDS: 1999
MALE AWARD WINNER
Maurice Greene was born in Kansas City, Kansas and attended F.L. Schlagle High School. In his youth and high school, he participated in both American football and track and field. After high school, Greene received a Track scholarship to the University of Kansas.
Early Career and Breakthrough
In 1995 he took part in his first major international tournament at the World Championships in Gothenburg, but was eliminated in the 100 m quarter-finals. His next season was disappointing, as he failed to make the American team for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. After watching the Olympic final from the stands, Greene made his way to Los Angeles to seek the coaching of John Smith. He joined the start up HSI group. He went on to become the group's most visible member.
Mens 100m Final - July 21, 1998 - Wind -1.0 m/s 1. Maurice Greene - USA - 9.96 2. Ato Boldon - TRI - 10.00 3. Brian Lewis - USA - 10.25 4. Jon Drummond - USA - 10.25 5. Dennis Mitchell - USA - 10.29 6. Bruny Surin - CAN - 10.30 7. Donovan Bailey - CAN - 10.30 8. Tim Harden - USA - 10.32
World Record Holder and Athletic Prime
He also set the 60 m indoor world record twice. His 60 m indoor record is currently at 6.39 s. Both records still stand.
In addition, Maurice Greene is the only sprinter to hold the 60 m and 100 m
World Records at the same time.
FEMALE AWARD WINNER
Inger Miller (born June 12, 1972 in Los Angeles, California) is a track and field sprint athlete, competing internationally for United States. She is the daughter of Lennox Miller, an Olympic champion runner from Jamaica.
She attended John Muir High School in Pasadena, California and later
the University of Southern California.
Miller was a Tournament of Roses Princess in the 1990 Court.
During her professional career she was a member of HSI.
She originally won the bronze medal in the 60 meters at the 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships, but she tested positive for excessive caffeine after the race. Her results from the tournament were nullified and she received a public warning.
She was 1999 World 200 m champion; 1999 World Champs 100 m silver medalist; 1996 Olympic 4 × 100 m relay gold medalist; 4 × 100 m relay gold medalist at 1997 World Champs; 2003 World Outdoor 4 × 100 m silver medalist.
Together with Jill Hawkins, Miller started Miller-Hawkins Productions, a full-service event coordinating company. The company currently operates out of offices in Atlanta.
INGER MILLER EDGES OUT GWEN TORRANCE TO QUALIFY
FOR OLYMPICS IN 200 METERS!!
GAINES, DEVERS, MILLER, AND TORRANCE
'FLY HIGH' FOR AMERICAN WIN!!
Chryste Gaines, Marion Jones, Inger Miller and Gail Devers set the American Record (41.47) in the 4x100m relay while winning the 1997 World Championship.
Marion Jones 10.70 CR Inger Miller 10.79 PB Ekaterini Thanou 10.84 Gail Devers 10.95 Zhanna Block 10.95 Christine Arron 10.97 Chandra Sturrup 11.09 Mercy Nku 11.18
MILLER, GAINES, WILLIAMS, AND EDWARDS
2003 SILVER MEDAL WIN IN 4X100 RELAY!!
1) Florence Griffith-Joyner - 21.34 2) Allyson Felix - 21.69 3) Gwen Torrence - 21.72 4) Inger Miller - 21.77 5) Tori Bowie - 21.77
Our coverage of the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games continues as we focus on the intriguing stories of the athlete Inger Miller and her quest for an Olympic medal as well as the love story that shaped the career of gymnast Donghua Li.