LaTasha Colander, Sydney 2000
August 23, 1976 (age 39)
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
LaTasha Colander (born August 23, 1976 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a track and field sprint athlete, competing internationally for the United States. She is a 2004 Olympic Trials 100 m Champion; two-time U.S. 400 m champion (’00, ’01); World Record Holder, 4 × 200 m relay; 1994 USA Juniors champion (100 H); 2nd, 1994 World Junior Champs (100 H). She was awarded a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics 4 × 400 m, but this medal was later stripped due to doping admissions by teammate Marion Jones. She and 6 other members of the 2000 team would successfully appeal the IOC's decision to strip them of their 2000 medals in July 2010.
She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She missed the 2001 World Championships due to a quadriceps injury. She transformed herself from a junior hurdles champion to a two-time US champion at 400 m. In 2003, she shifted gears by concentrating on the 100 m and in 2004 she won the US Olympic Trials over the short sprint. In 2000 she established the LC Treasures Within Foundation – a foundation with the mission to strengthen kids, families and the world through education, sports and spirituality.
She was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
|Representing the United States|
|1994||World Junior Championships||Lisbon, Portugal||2nd||100m hurdles||13.30 (wind: +0.5m/s)|
|2000||Olympic Games||Sydney, Australia||quarter-finals||400 m||52.07|
|1st||4 × 400 m||3:22.62|
|2004||Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||8th||100 m||11.18|
|—||4 × 100 m||DNF|
|2005||World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||5th||200 m||22.66|
- "US relay runners win Olympic medals appeal". ESPN. Associated Press. April 10, 2008.
- LaTasha Colander profile at IAAF
- LaTasha Colander profile at USA Track & Field
- LaTasha Colander Pictures
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