The U.S. once dominated the Olympic 110 hurdles, but Americans have won the event just once in the past five Olympics. Terrence Trammell's hopes of adding to the U.S. gold medal total were dashed when he was injured during a preliminary heat in Beijing. In 2009 Trammell finished second in both the U.S. Championships and the World Championships.
Trammell placed third in the 2000 Olympic Trials, then took first in the 2004 Trials. But he had identical results in his first two Olympic efforts, winning silver medals in Sydney and Athens. He was second in the 2008 Trials in a season-best 13.00 seconds.
Running with the best:
Trammell has run some tight races against 2004 Olympic gold medalist Liu Xiang. They ran stride-for-stride at the 2007 World Championships but Liu edged Trammell by four-hundredths of a second at the tape. Unfortunately, both suffered injuries that ended their hopes at the 2008 Olympics. Trammell was the winner in Liu's comeback race in 2009, with both competitors timed officially in 13.15.
In addition to his pair of Olympic silver medals, Trammell owns three World Outdoor Championship silvers plus two U.S. Outdoor championships. Indoors, Trammell won world 60-meter hurdles championships in 2001 and 2006 and U.S. titles in 2000-01 and 2006. He won the U.S. Indoor 60-meter run championship in 2002 and earned six NCAA championships running for the University of South Carolina.
- Height: 6-2
- Weight: 186
- Birth date: November 23, 1978
- Hometown: Decatur, Georgia
- World Championships: Two