Meet DeeDee Trotter, one of three American track and field Olympians who have made it to the semi-finals in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Read her biography and see photos and a video of her below.
DeeDee ran her first race in this year’s Olympics on Saturday morning. She came in fourth with a 51.41 in the 400 – meter run and advanced to the semifinals. She will run in the semi-finals on Sunday morning. The top eight in the semi-finals will compete in the finals on Tuesday morning.
The other two Americans to make the semi-finals are Sanya Richards and Mary Wineberg.
DeeDee has made some very interesting blog entries since she’s arrived in China.
UPDATE: Dee Dee finished 7th in the semi-finals today. She will not advance to the finals. A knee injury she has been dealing with for the past couple of months slowed her down. She’ll have surgery on the knee when she returns to the States.
De’Hashia Tonnek Trotter (nickname: DeeDee) was born on December 8, 1982 in Twenty Nine Palms, California. Her hometown is Cedar Grover, Georgia. She is 5′ 10″ tall and weights 144 pounds. She graduated high school in Cedar Grover in 2001. She is currently attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.
She has had an impressive running career. She won the American championships in 2007 (USATF) in the 400 meters with a personal best time of 49.64. She placed 5th in the 400 meters with a personal best time of 50.00 at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. She won the gold with her team in the 4 x 400 relay. Her teammates were Monique Henderson, Sanya Richards and Monique Hennagan.
DeeDee Trotter is the founder of the non-profit organization, Test me, I’m clean. Her charity is dedicated to combating performance enhancing drugs in sports.
“I would describe myself as fun, energetic, outgoing and spontaneous with a grand love for life and a passion to inspire youths.”