Leslie Maxie

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Leslie Maxie
Personal information
Full name Leslie Maxie
Nationality  United States
Born (1967-01-04) January 4, 1967 (age 47)
San Francisco, California
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 130 lb (59 kg)
Sport
Sport Track and Field
Event(s) hurdles, jumps
Club Millbrae Lions

Leslie Maxie (born January 4, 1967 in San Francisco, California) is a retired American track and field athlete and subsequently a television broadcast journalist. Her reel is posted on youtube.

While still at Mills High School, she set the still standing World Youth Best of 55.20 in the 400 metre hurdles on June 9, 1984 while finishing second at the 1984 TAC USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at nearby San Jose City College.[1]

Maxie competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics, running 56.10 to finish a non-qualifying 5th place in the heat of the 400 hurdles.[2] On a lighter note she did win, "Best Smile" at the Olympic Village.

Early career[edit]

Maxie was coached by the legendary Ed Parker. As a member of the Millbrae Lions Track Club, a team which encouraged young athletes to try multiple events, Maxie competed in the High Jump, Triple Jump 400 metres and 100 metre hurdles. As a freshman at the 1982 CIF California State Meet, she was in the top four in three events. To qualify, she won the CCS Section Championships and placed second to Wendy Brown in both jumps.[3] 1983, she won the 400 m, see the race, and placed second in the 100 hurdles. 1984 was her first year to experiment with the long hurdles race. A week before her World record saw her winning the state meet in meet record time. As a senior, she repeated her 300 hurdle championship.[4] See the race A week before the 1984 state meet, in Berkeley, California she set the National High School record in the 300 hurdles at 40.18[5] That performance is still ranked as the number three mark of all time.[6]

After high school, she studied Public Policy and Planning at the University of Southern California, where she is still ranked as the #2 400 hurdler of all time (school record holder for 13 years until surpassed by future Olympic bronze medalist Tasha Danvers).[7][8] She finished second in the 400 hurdles and was on the National Champion 4x400 relay at the 1987 NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, thus achieving All-American status in both the 400 hurdles and the 4x400 relay. She was team captain in 1990.[9]

Over her career, she was ranked in the U.S. top ten in the 400 hurdles four times.[10]

Broadcast Journalism[edit]

As a young athlete she was selected to work on the children's programming show Kidwatch on KRON which led to her interest in journalism.[11] She also pursued and won a recurring singing role on Just Kidding on the same station.

During the 1990s and 2000s, Carol Lewis was the primary female reporter in network coverage of the Olympics and Track and Field in the United States. Lewis continues to be known in track and field circles more for her flubs and mistakes, than for her sparkling coverage.[12] When Lewis was not at an event, Maxie was the primary female reporter. Her insightful commentary and intelligent interviewing skills made her look like a shining star. Her sports interviewing skills took her into a variety of other sports.[11] ESPN took notice and Maxie was the first member hired for the morning talk show, “Cold Pizza” in 2003. However her skills reading from a teleprompter were less than exemplarary[13] and as the show evolved into a sports journalism show, Maxie was dropped from the line-up.[14] She was so popular on the show that a petition was started, calling for her return. The public relations version: when talk began of moving the show to Bristol, CT Maxie opted out of her contract and began freelancing for the network and she established her own television production company, LeMax Productions LLC in 2005. LeMax Production's first client was Red Bull energy drink based in Austria. LeMax went on to contract with Madison Square Garden Network, ABC, ESPN amongst others.

Maxie has also done work as a motivational speaker[15]

In 2009, Maxie joined NASCAR[16] as Manager of Communications for East Regional Media Outreach.[17] She's wrote episodes for the NASCAR BET show called Changing Lanes.[18]

Maxie is divorced and a mother of two.

References[edit]

Leslie Maxie profile at IAAF