Trey Hardee is arguably the best athlete in the world. Competing in the decathlon, which he calls the purest form of competition, he looks to bring home a gold medal for the U.S. at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The decathlon is 10 events over two days and can leave competitors exhausted for weeks after the last event. It is the most challenging and demanding of any event at the Olympics, and Hardee will look to dominate it during the London Games.This is the second Olympic Games Hardee has been a part of as he participated in Beijing and shockingly finished in fourth, just outside of the medals. However, he is back with a vengeance and looks to claim a gold medal.

Before Hardee begins his quest for gold in London, these are 10 things you should know about the world’s greatest athlete.  Trey Hardee has been pole vaulting longer than any other event, and it has become his best. Recruited out of high school to Mississippi State as a pole vaulter, he has the ability to make up ground or extend his lead during the pole vault on Day 2 of the decathlon.

Ironically, it was the pole vault that cost him a medal in the 2008 Olympics, as he failed to clear the starting height and finished fourth. However, it remains his best event.


Trey Hardee
Trey Hardee

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