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Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson - Track & Field

Dave's family moved to Corvallis and he began to take sports very seriously during his senior year at Crescent Valley High School. He attended Western Oregon and Linn-Benton Community College and then he moved on to Azusa Pacific. In 1986, this decathlete won his first of four U.S. Track and Field National Championships with an 8203w. He racked up the world's highest scores in both 1989 and 1990 with 8549 and 8600w points, respectively. He also co-held the American record in the javelin, won the World University Games, and was ranked 2nd in the World. This two-time Olympian won the decathlon Bronze Medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games while competing on a broken foot. USA Today tabbed Dave as the "world's best known bronze medalist". He became famous around the country on a first name basis thanks to Reebok who ran television and print ads featuring the dueling "Dan vs. Dave" ads which asked the question "Who will be the world's greatest athlete?" Dave is currently working as an Assistant Vice Principal and Athletic Director of a high school in Oregon.