Title: SPIRE Track & Field Ambassador
Long Jumper Dwight Phillips, Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion joined SPIRE Institute and Academy as an International Track Ambassador. In his role, Phillips will provide one-on-one mentoring with SPIRE’s track and field athletes, both virtually and in-person during his visits to the Academy’s Geneva, OH campus. He will also collaborate with SPIRE’s track and field coaches, trainers and support staff to develop innovative programming and training assessments.
Having the opportunity to mentor student athletes at a top-notch facility like SPIRE alongside a team of such outstanding coaches, trainers, and support staff is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. I respect SPIRE’s emphasis on helping athletes become physically stronger, faster, and more agile while also helping them become confident, self-disciplined human beings who thrive under pressure and are ready to tackle the world. I’m really looking forward to being a part of this!
– Dwight Phillips
A multi-event track and field athlete before deciding to focus on the long jump, Phillips was the best American performer in that event in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. After winning both the IAAF indoor and outdoor World Championships in 2003, he entered the 2004 Olympics in Athens ranked number one in the world. The jump that won him a gold medal was the fourth biggest in Olympic history, after Bob Beamon (1968) and Carl Lewis (1988, 1992). His success has continued over the past decade, during which he acquired four World Championships and Olympic Gold. In 2018, he was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.Back to Leadership