Hyleas Fountain: Olympic Heptathlete

August 15, 2008

Meet Hyleas Fountain, an American Olympic heptathlete. You can see photos, video and a biography of Hyleas below.

Hyleas Fountain had herself a wonderful first day during the heptathlon on Friday, and ended the day with 4,060 points, with Ukraine’s Nataliia Dobrynska in second place with 3,996 and Great Britain’s Kelly Sotherton with 3,938 points.

Hyleas ran the 100 meter hurdles in 12.78 seconds, and 1.89 meters in the high jump was a personal best. She threw 13.36 in the shotput and ran the 200 meters in 23.21 seconds, another personal best. Hyleas will compete Saturday in the long jump, javelin throw and the 800 meters. Check out an awesome photo of her during the high jump here. Best of luck to you Hyleas!

As a biography, Hyleas Fountain was born on January 14, 1981 in Columbus, Georgia. She is 27 years old. She stands 5 feet 7 inches and weighs 140 pounds.

Hyleas got her start in the heptathlon after her mother introduced her to the sport. She attended Central Dauphin East High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and went on to Barton Community College. While there she was National Junior College Athletic Association champion five times. She went on to the University of Georgia, where she was the NCAA heptathlon winner in 2003 and the following year was the outdoor long jump champ.

In 2005, Hyleas was the U.S. Outdoor Champion in the heptathlon, coming back from a fourth place finish on the first day. She rallied on the second day and came out victorious.

She was the runner-up at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in 2006, but the following year she won the title. She is the 2008 Olympic Trials Heptathlon Champion. This is Hyleas’ first Olympic competition. She did not make the 2004 Olympic team, having placed fourth at the Olympic Trials.

Career highlights can be found here.

Click below for more photos and video of Hyleas Fountain.

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