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Manteo Mitchell

Manteo Mitchell captured the attention and admiration of people around the world in the summer of 2012 at the London Olympic Games. As he ran for Team USA in the preliminaries of the 4X400-meter relay, his left fibula bone snapped, but he kept running his part of the race on a broken leg, allowing the relay team to earn a spot in the finals. The team went on to win second place, and all the U.S. relay runners, including Manteo, received silver medals. When members of the U.S. Olympic team visited the White House in September 2012, President Barack Obama singled out Manteo in his remarks saying his performance was “one of my favorite stories of the whole Olympics.” Manteo is one of the most well-known and successful athletes in Catamount sports history. While running for Western Carolina University, he broke school records in the 200- and 400-meter individual runs and qualified for the NCAA championships seven times. Manteo is now a member of the US Bobsled team and is on a quest to become only the 7th person in history to medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The feat would also make him the first African-American male to do so. When he isn't on a track or ice, you can find him with his family, making music or eating yummy food.


Asheville, NC



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