Trey Hardee is an athlete competing in track and field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Trey Hardee is making his second appearance at the Games, where he figures to be a gold-medal favorite in the decathlon. Since an early exit from the Beijing Games, he has won the last two world titles in the 2-day, 10 discipline event. Hardee finished second at the U.S. Olympic Trials with 8,383 points to qualify for London.

After winning his first national title at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships, Trey Hardee posted personal bests in three of the events and collected 8,790 points to win the gold medal at the World Outdoor Championships in Berlin. It was his highest total to date and the best in the world that year. After an injury-plagued 2010 season, Hardee bounced back, first winning Gotzis and then winning his second world title at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships in Daegu.

Growing up, Hardee wanted to be a basketball player, but after he was cut from his high school team, he switched to track and field. He competed initially as a pole vaulter who dabbled in the decathlon as a means of skipping school. He got serious about the decathlon at Texas, and in 2006, set an NCAA record.

Hardee made his Olympic debut for the United States in Beijing. Sitting in fourth-place before the pole vault, a no-height in the competition forced Hardee's withdrawal from Olympic competition. Growing up, he aspired to become a basketball player and only picked up track and field after getting cut from the hoops team. Hardee dabbled in the decathlon as a means of skipping school, but got serious about the event in college and in 2006 set an NCAA record.

Hardee came up with the performance of his life at the Olympic Trials, finishing second in the decathlon with a combined total of 8,534 points, which surpassed his previous PR of 8,371 points set earlier this year at the Texas Relays. The score is the second-highest among Americans in the past two years, trailing only Bryan Clay's first-place Trials score of 8,832 points.

At the 2006 Texas Relays, Hardee set an NCAA record in the decathlon with 8,465 points, the second-best tally by an American that season. After finishing Day 1 with 4,399 points, he opened the second day with a personal-best time of 13.83 in the hurdles. He added his second victory in the discus, with a mark of 158-3. He topped his personal best in the pole vault by four inches with a clearance of 17-0¾. Competing in his first javelin event of the season, Hardee added another personal best and his eighth victory of the meet with a toss of 196-10.

Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Hardee wanted to be a basketball player, but was cut from the varsity team his junior year. As a result of being cut from basketball, he moved on to track and field. As a high school pole vaulter, he admittedly lacked focus. "I didn't even want to warm up," he told the Austin American-Statesman. "I loved to vault. I just grabbed my pole and wanted to get out there and jump"

In high school, Hardee did compete in the decathlon, but only did so once a year at the state championships because it allowed him to get out of school. He was recruited to Mississsippi State as a pole vaulter, but ended up in the decathlon in large part because of his 6-foot, 5-inch height. "I fit the mold," he told the American-Statesman. "You can't coach someone to be taller." When Mississippi State eliminated it's indoor track program in 2004, Hardee transferred to Texas.




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Age: 33 years old
Birthday: February 7, 1984
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 209 lbs.
Birthplace: Birmingham, AL
Hometown: Vestavia Hills, TX
Current Residence: Austin, TX


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