|Mike Powell, Long Jump World Record Holder
At the 1991 World Championships in Athletics (Tokyo), Mike Powell broke Bob Beamon's 23-year-old long jump world record by 5 cm (2 inches), leaping 8.95 m (29 ft 4½ in) ahead of Carl Lewis. The world record still stands. His feat earned him the James E. Sullivan Award and BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality Award in 1991. He also holds the longest non-legal jump of 8.99m set in 1992.
Powell won long jump silver medals at both the 1988 Olympics and 1992 Olympics. As well as his famous 1991 victory, he won the long jump again at the 1993 World Championships in Athletics, and came third at the 1995 World Championships in Athletics.
After the 1996 Olympics, Powell retired. He returned in 2001 with a goal of competing in the 2004 Olympics, but did not make the American team because of injury.
Powell is currently an analyst for Yahoo! Sports Olympic Track & Field coverage.
He intends to return to competition with the aim of breaking the Masters over-45 world record in the long jump. If he accomplishes this feat, Powell will be the only athlete to hold both world records simultaneously.
Mike has been a motivational speaker for over 15 years. He has spoken to hundreds of groups and organizations. Mike has done numerous motivational talks to grade schools, colleges, clubs, groups and major corporations.
He also shares his testimony with religious organizations.
The topics of his speeches vary, but most times contain his overcoming the odds story to break one of the longest standing and revered world records in the history of sport.
If you would like Mike to attend your event please contact Keith Hunt 909 987 1424.
Mike has been training athletes for 10 years. He has been a collegiate track coach for 6 years, spending two years as the head jumps coach his alma mater, UCLA. In addition to coaching over ten Olympians, he has also worked with kids of all ages in all types of sports. Mike was also a consultant for the Los Angeles Dodgers for two years including time spent at Dodgers spring training facility in Vero Beach, Florida.
Elite Athlete Coaching
Do you feel you have what it takes to be a World Class athlete but are falling a little short?
Mike Powell can help. With his vast experience as a world class athlete, you will be coached by the best.
Some elite athletes include:
Hussein Al-Saba, Saudi Arabia long jumper
Currently resides in Saudi Arabia but understands the value of training in the US with Mike. This training is paying off as Hussein recently took the Gold Medal at the Asian Games in Qatar.
Hussein is now considered the Golden Boy of Saudi sports and looking forward to an Olympic Gold Medal and possibly breaking Mikes longstanding World Record.
Grace Upshaw, USA long jumper, 2004 Olympian
I am a long time admirer of Mike Powell; years ago I was even a member of his Team Powell fan club. I moved to Southern California specifically to be coached by Mike Powell. He has an enthusiastic energy to his coaching style which helps me to stay positive. This, combined with his experience on the world stage, I know will further my career, states Upshaw.
Grace placed 3rd at 2006 USA Outdoor; a two-time USA Outdoor champion ('03, '05); 2002 USA Indoor Champion; four-time ('01, '02, '03 & '04) USA Outdoor runner-up; and 2004 USA Indoor runner-up.
Long jump is in her blood. On May 29, 1954, Graces Father Monte Upshaw, then an 18-year-old of Piedmont High School broke Jesse Owens' national high school record in the long jump by becoming the first prep to surpass 25 feet. In the California State Meet at Cal Edwards Stadium, Upshaw stretched to 25-4 1/4 to eclipse Owens' 1933 mark of 24-11 1/2.
Briana Glenn, USA sprinter, long jumper
2002 USA Outdoor LJ Champion; 2001 NCAA 200m & Long Jump Champion; 2000-2001 PAC 10 Athlete of the Year; 2002 NACAC LJ and 4x100m gold medallist. She returned to form with a personal-best jump of 6.68m/21-11 to win bronze at 2005 USA Outdoors... Glenn had her best season in 2002, winning the USA long jump title and the gold medal at the NACAC championships.
Mike has also been conducting sports camps and clinics for over twenty years. He has worked with groups as large as 500 and done presentations about speed and explosiveness to world class coaches all over the world. Mike conducts one day clinics as well as 5-day stay over camps at various facilities such as the famed Drake Stadium at UCLA. Sign ups for these camps and clinics are limited to a maximum number, therefore early enrollment is encouraged. Depending on how early you enroll, you will earn a discount on the cost of the camp or clinic. Mike also has a talented staff of coaches and counselors that include Olympians and top level clinicians.
Track and field athletes are now the only ones to benefit from Mikes coaching.
Team sports such as soccer or football, where individual speed can be the difference between winning and losing,