Gonzales was offered multiple football scholarships to play at top universities. He accepted a full scholarship in Track and Field from University of Southern California with the intention of becoming an Olympic athlete. At USC Gonzales was a standout in decathlon, where he still holds the USC record. He competed and won the gold medal in Decathlon at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indiana.
Gonzales tried four times to make the USA Olympic Team in Decathlon (1984 1988, 1992,1996) but was plagued by injury in each attempt.
Gonzales was recruited by Olympian Liston Bochette to participate in the 1998 Winter Games in bobsled, representing Puerto Rico. He competed both in the 1998 Olympic Winter games in Nagano Winter Olympics '98 Japan, and again in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics
Gonzales later became a competitive amateur golfer. He resides in Southern California and is the Director of Sales and Marketing for a web-based marketing company.
Honors and Awards
- 2014 USC Track and Field Hall of Fame; Heritage Award recipient
- 2013 Bishop Montgomery High School, Athletic Hall of Fame
- 2002 Olympian, Bobsleigh Team Driver, PR
- 1998 Olympian, Bobsleigh Team Driver, PR
- 1987 Gold Medalist, Pan American Games Decathlon (7649)
- 1984 USC All-American, Decathlon
- 1984 Current USC Track and Field Record Holder, Decathlon (8,022)
- Bishop Montgomery High School, Redondo Beach (1982)
- University of Southern California, BS in Communications(full scholarship, track and field)
He married Kelly Costa in 1991. The couple had one child, Tanner.
- "Bishop Montgomery High School". Bmhs-la.org. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
- USC Track and Field Records
- UCS Track and Field Olympians
- "Mike Gonzales - Profile - Golf Channel Amateur Tour 2014". Thegolfchannel.bluegolf.com. Retrieved 2014-02-07.