|Born||June 23, 1961|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|Sport||Track & Field|
|College team||Houston Cougars|
|Achievements and titles|
Stanley Floyd (born June 23, 1961) is a retired track and field sprinter from the United States. He was a 1979 graduate of Dougherty High School in Albany, Georgia. In 1980, he was considered one of the favorites for the 100m title but was denied his chance due to the United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics.
Floyd attended the University of Houston where he studied for a degree in communications. There he hoped to train towards Olympic success - originally he was aiming for 1984 not 1980 - before turning to American football to earn fame and fortune. He originally attended Auburn University, but left after a year.
Floyd won the 100 m at the USA Olympic Trials for the 1980 Olympic team but did not compete due to the U.S. Olympic Committee's boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Russia. He had already won the NCAA and USA National Championships in the men's 100 metres. This was a triplet of wins last achieved 24 years previously in 1956 by Bobby Morrow. He was one of 461 athletes to receive a Congressional Gold Medal instead.
It is debatable whether Floyd would have beaten the eventual champion Allan Wells at the Olympics. He had the faster time for the year and in post-Olympic meetings he beat Wells by 2 to 1. However, Wells won the psychologically important first meeting in Cologne and clearly suffered from declining form as his long season ended.
In 1981, Floyd became United States champion indoors at 60 y. Later in the year outdoors, Floyd was second in the US National Championships at 100 metres. He was thus reserve at the 1981 Athletics World Cup to Carl Lewis, and even warmed-up for the event in case Lewis was injured competing in the long jump, whose start preceded the 100 m scheduled run time by only 40 minutes. In the end he wasn't required to run, but in retrospect maybe he should have because Lewis was injured in the race and finished last.
He had a scintillating 1982 indoor season, establishing world records at 50 yards ( 5.22 s), 60 yards (6.09 s), and 55 metres (6.10 s). Floyd's top performance in the 100 m occurred on June 5, 1982 when winning the 1982 NCAA 100 m title in Provo, Utah where he clocked 10.03. This was the NCAA meet record until 1990.
Floyd in 1983 retired from track & field to try his luck at American football in the National Football League (NFL). At the time he has stated he felt he lacked the necessary motivation required to continue his sprinting career and try for another Olympics.
He achieved little success with American football - he was dropped by the Atlanta Falcons, then by the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League (USFL), and then failed to make the cut with the Houston Oilers. So in 1987 he successfully fought for the right to run again as an athlete.
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Floyd's wife, Delisa Walton-Floyd, was a former world-class middle-distance runner for Detroit-Mackenzie High School and the University of Tennessee. Walton-Floyd placed fifth in the 800 meter run at the 1988 Summer Olympics; her personal best (1:57.80) still ranks fifth all-time among American 800 meter runners.
Stanley and Delisa have two daughters, Ebonie and Kalyn. Ebonie, who is coached by her father, was a NCAA All-American sprinter at the University of Houston; producing the fourth fastest 200 meters (22.32) in the world during 2007. By virtue of her sixth-place finish (400 meters) at the 2008 US Olympic Trials, Ebonie earned a position on the Olympic Team as a member of the 4x400 meter relay squad. Younger sister, Kalyn Floyd, was a three-time All American sprinter for the University of Houston track team.
Floyd was accepted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Albany Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. After retiring again from athletics, Floyd became a police officer on the Houston Vice Squad. He is now retired from the police service and resides in Houston, Texas.
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- 100 m USA Women All-time, Track and Field News.
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- http://www.uhcougars.com/sports/c-track/mtt/floyd_kayln00.html Kalyn Floyd, Houston Cougars. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
- 'Athletes still feel chill of Cold War boycott', Paul Buker, OregonLive.com, June 26, 2008.
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- Quercetani, R. L.; Pallicca, G. (2006). A World History of Sprint Racing 1850–2005. Milan: SEP Editrice Srl. ISBN 8887110751.
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- Track & Field News Official World Rankings - Mens 100 meters
- Track & Field News Cover, February 1981.
|Men's World Junior Record Holder, 100 metres
24 May 1980 – 25 July 1997