HSI (track team)
HSI an acronym for Hudson Smith International, is an elite track and field training group and team centered around former UCLA coach John Walton Smith and sports agent/attorney Emanuel Hudson. The group was formed in 1996 after the former 1972 Olympian had led Quincy Watts and Kevin Young to 1992 Olympic gold medals.
Among the members of the group are Olympic medalists Maurice Greene, Ato Boldon, Allen Johnson, Tasha Danvers, Inger Miller, Jon Drummond and Dawn Harper. From its inception, the team dominated global sprinting events for a decade. Members of the team have combined to run world class relay marks under the HSI banner. Team members were known for their braggadocio or trash talking, but their accomplishments backed up their words.
As world record holder in the prestigious 100 metres, Greene was the most publicized of the athletes. Greene virtually ran the table of IAAF World Championships and Olympics in that event from 1997 to 2001, his closest competitor at that level frequently being Boldon. Johnson had a similar winning streak in the 110 metres hurdles between 1995 and 2003. The two combined for what might have been the greatest post race celebration stunt in 2004 at the Adidas Track Classic when Greene, coming back from injuries won his 100 metres race then took off his shoes as if they were on fire. With a national TV audience watching, Johnson then ran onto the track and put them out with a real fire extinguisher.
- Jon Drummond 2 Olympic medals, 1 gold, 2 World Championship gold medals
- Torri Edwards 1 Olympic medal disqualified due to Marion Jones, 4 World Championship medals, 2 gold
- Kenneth Ferguson
- Maurice Greene 4 Olympic medals, 2 gold, 5 World Championship gold medals, World record 100 metres
- Dawn Harper 2 Olympic medals, 1 gold, 1 World Championship medal
- Allen Johnson Olympic gold medal, 5 World Championship medals, 4 gold
- Lawrence Johnson Olympic silver medal
- Inger Miller 1 Olympic gold medal, 5 World Championship medals, 3 gold but 1 disqualified due to Marion Jones
- David Neville 2 Olympic medals, 1 gold
- Jason Pyrah
- Jason Richardson Olympic silver medal, World Championship gold medal
- Quincy Watts 2 Olympic gold medals, 2 World Championship medals, 1 gold
- Kevin Young Olympic gold medal while setting current World Record 400 metres hurdles, 1 World Championship gold medal
The members of the training group were not limited to American athletes. Athletes from several countries trained together in Los Angeles.
- Hussein Taher Al-Sabee Saudi Arabia
- Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily Saudi Arabia Olympic silver medal
- Ato Boldon Trinidad and Tobago 4 Olympic medals, 4 World Championship medals, 1 gold
- Emmanuel Callender Trinidad and Tobago 2 Olympic medals, 1 World Championship medal
- Tasha Danvers United Kingdom 1 Olympic medal
- Anju Bobby George India first World Championship medal for India
- Jehue Gordon Trinidad and Tobago
- Martial Mbandjock France
- Pilar McShine Trinidad and Tobago
- Jaysuma Saidy Ndure Norway
- Marie-José Pérec France 3 Olympic gold medals, 2 World Championship gold medals
- Mohammed Shaween Saudi Arabia
- Richard Thompson Trinidad and Tobago 3 Olympic medals, 1 World Championship medal
- Teddy Venel France
- Rhonda Watkins Trinidad and Tobago