Carmelita Jeter is a Track & Field athlete competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Carmelita Jeter will look to secure her first trip to the Olympics later this summer. After suffering the disappointment of not qualifying for the team in 2008, Jeter has improved tremendously over the last three seasons and has established herself as a serious medal contender in the 100m and 200m.

Jeter finally got what she was looking for in 2011 – a gold medal. Jeter's trip to the World Outdoor Championships in Daegu started out golden as she won the 100m in 10.90. She then claimed silver in the 200m before anchoring Team USA's gold-medal winning 4x100m. The effort helped earn her the Jesse Owens Award as the top female track and field athlete in the U.S.

Jeter picked up 2011 where she left off in 2010 - running fast. She opened her season outdoor at the Mt. SAC Relays, winning the 100m in 10.99. At the Jamaica International Invitational, she won in a world-leading 10.86 and followed that with a win at the Colorful Daegu Meeting in 11.09. In her Diamond League debut in Shanghai, Jeter got out of the blocks a tad slower than Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown. Although she made up ground quickly, Campbell-Brown held on to win, 10.92 to 10.95. Jeter made up for the loss, her only 100m loss of the season, at the Prefontaine Classic when she won in a world-leading 10.70.

Jeter continued her speedy ways in 2010 with strong indoor and outdoor campaigns. During the winter, she established a new personal-best in the 60m at the USA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, where she won in 7.02 seconds. At the World Indoor Championships in Doha, she picked up a silver medal, running 7.05. Jeter's outdoor campaign was equally fast. She broke 11 seconds in six of 13 100m races, including a victory in Monaco in a season-best 10.82. Jeter won the inaugural Diamond League title by winning six of seven races on the circuit.

Jeter's fast times to close 2009 were a double-edged sword. At age 30, she had improved her personal-best in the 100m by over a third of a second within a single season and jumped passed admitted doper Marion Jones to second on the all-time list behind Florence Griffith-Joyner. Questions, of course were raised about the use of performance-enhancing drugs, to which Jeter acknowledged the sport's dark history but said, "I can't be upset about those questions [but] it's unfortunate that I work this hard and I don't get the credit I should get."

Jeter's races after the 2009 World Championships only got faster. She beat strong opposition at Golden League meets in Zurich and Brussels, breaking 10.90 seconds each time. At the World Athletics Final in Thessaloniki, Jeter won again in 10.67 seconds, becoming the third-fastest woman in history behind Florence Griffith-Joyner and Marion Jones. A week later, she ran even faster, clocking a 10.64 at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, passing Jones to become the second fastest woman outright.

At the 2009 World Championships, in Berlin, Jeter's early-season performances had stamped her as one of the favorites for the gold medal, a sentiment reinforced by a personal-best clocking of 10.83 seconds in the semifinals. But that speed did not carry over to the final, where she ended up with her second career Worlds bronze medal in the 100m, however, finishing one-tenth of a second behind Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser and Kerron Stewart.

Jeter's strong start to 2009 was an indication that her off-season changes were paying dividends. She ran 7.11 seconds in the 60m during the indoor season, a personal best and the fastest time by any athlete that year. She remained in-form to open the outdoor season, running 10.96 in the 100m at the Mt. SAC Relays, before adding 100m victories at the Prefontaine Classic and the USA Outdoor Championships. From there, Jeter hit the European circuit where she won the 100m at the London Grand Prix in a personal-best 10.92. A week prior to the start of the World Championships, Jeter was part of a United States 4x100m relay team that ran 41.58 in Cottbus, Germany, the eighth-fastest time in history and the fastest women's sprint relay in 12 years.

The disappointment of the summer of 2008 prompted Jeter to make some drastic changes. In November, she decided to change coaches. She hooked up with John Smith, who had previous success coaching athletes such as former world-record-holder Maurice Greene. Smith immediately began remodeling Jeter's running style in an attempt to make her more efficient.

After a strong indoor campaign, Jeter was earmarked as one of the favorites to earn an Olympic Team berth outdoors. But that wasn't to be. After setting a new personal best of 10.97 in the 100m quarterfinals, Jeter did not advance out of the semis, finishing .02 behind the final qualifiers. A sixth-place finish in the 200m final meant she would not make the Beijing squad. Later that summer, Jeter qualified for the 100m and 200m races at the World Athletics Final, but only managed fourth and fifth places respectively.

Jeter carried positive momentum into the Olympic year with a strong 2008 indoor season. Jeter edged Mikele Barber to win the 60m at the Millrose Games in 7.29 seconds. At the U.S. Indoor Championships, Jeter and Alexis Joyce ran identical 7.21 second times behind winner Angela Williams (7.11) in the 60m dash. A look at the photo finish had Joyce finishing three-thousandths ahead of Jeter.

Jeter came onto the scene in 2007 setting a personal record in the 100m (11.05) at the adidas Track Classic and then went on to place third at the U.S. Outdoor Championships. At the World Championships in Osaka, Jeter got her best start of the meet in the women's 100 meter final and employed her typical strong finish to take a surprising third for the bronze medal in a personal-best 11.02.

After being hampered by hamstring injuries from 2003 to 2005, Jeter was able to slowly recover through a deep-tissue massage regimen. In 2007, she switched coaches from Warren Edmondson to Larry Wade, a change that has proved to be fruitful. Jeter says she looks at her bronze medal from the World Championships every morning and evening to help give her motivation.

Jeter is the most decorated track & field athlete in the history of Cal State Dominguez Hills, where she graduated with a degree in physical education in 2004. A six-time Division II All-America, she was a three-time 100m runner-up at the NCAA Championships. With 100m/200m PR's of 11.43 and 23.46, in 2004 she was the first-ever U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier from Cal State Dominguez Hills. She placed 12th in the 100m.

Jeter attended Bishop Montgomery High School. Initially, basketball was the preferred sport in her family, and her brother, Pooh Jeter, later joined the Sacramento Kings. Her basketball coach suggested that she try out track, and an 11.7-second run in the 100m confirmed her natural talent for sprinting.


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Age: 37 years old
Birthday: November 24, 1979
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 117 lbs.
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Hometown: Torrance, CA
Current Residence: Glendora, CA

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