Join us on Friday, July 29, as Dan O’Brien shares his inspiring story of winning the Olympic gold medal in the Decathlon, making him the World's Greatest Athlete in 1996.
Friday, July 29, 2016
12:00 p.m. | Doors Open at 11:30 a.m.
Clinton Presidential Center | Great Hall
*This event is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required.
At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Dan O’Brien overcame almost insurmountable odds. Four years prior, on Super Bowl Sunday early in 1992, Reebok introduced its unprecedented Dan & Dave campaign, a series of ads featuring Dan and rival Dave Johnson, debating who would take the title as the “World’s Greatest Athlete” in Barcelona. This publicity also provided one of the most publicized failures in sports history when Dan failed to qualify for the 1992 Olympic Games.
He rose above the defeat and went on to win the 1993 and 1995 World Championships, the 1994 Goodwill Games, and three U.S. Championships – all leading to the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal in Atlanta.
Adopted at the age of two, and raised in a home with seven other children of racially mixed backgrounds – Dan has overcome many adversities throughout his life. And with a great deal of self-determination and commitment, he has become one of the most successful and dominant athletes in the history of sports. He is an inspirational leader and motivational force for millions of people across the world.
We will also host a Kids Track & Field Day on Saturday, July 30, between 9 a.m. & 11 a.m., for children, age 6 – 11, to learn track and field basics with an Olympic gold medalist. O’Brien will lead the activities, which will include: children’s hurdles, javelin throw simulation, agility exercises, long jump activities, sprint races and balance drills. It is free and open to the public.
This event is held in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, Baptist Health, and the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.