Tianna Bartoletta

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Tianna Bartoletta
Tianna Bartoletta Sopot 2014.jpg
Personal information
Born August 30, 1985 (1985-08-30) (age 30)
Elyria, Ohio, U.S.
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[1]
Weight 135 lb (61 kg)[2]

Tianna Bartoletta (née Madison; born August 30, 1985) is an American track and field athlete, who specializes in the long jump and the short sprinting events. She was world champion in both the indoor and outdoor long jump in 2005 and 2006, respectively. She repeated winning the Outdoor World Championship in 2015. She was an Olympian in 2012, finishing fourth in the 100m race and earning a gold medal by leading off the world record-setting 4 × 100 m relay team. Bartoletta has qualified for the 2016 Olympics in the long jump, 100m, and 4 x 100m relay events.[3]

High School[edit]

Born Tianna Madison[1] on August 30, 1985 in Elyria, Ohio,[2] she attended local public schools, including Elyria High School. Throughout her 4 years there, Tianna Madison was a member of the 2003 USA TODAY All-USA High School Girls Track Team, and the Elyria High School basketball and track teams. She appeared in the 2003 "Faces In The Crowd" section of Sports Illustrated, participated in the Ohio Reads program working with elementary students, made Elyria High School’s High and Distinguished Honor Rolls each of the four years, and was named the 2003 Gatorade Ohio High School Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

She was named a 2002 American Track & Field Outdoor All-American, earned nine career state championships, including seven in individual events, became the third athlete in Ohio history to win four events at a state championship meet two years in a row (Susan Nash 1983-84 and Jesse Owens 1932-33), helped her team to earn the Ohio Division I team title in 2003, and Team district titles all four years. Tianna won the third Ohio long jump crown and set a state outdoor record and state-meet best in 2003, while claiming state 100m titles in 2002 and 2003 and winning the Ohio 200m championships. Bartoletta anchored the 4 × 100 m relay to victory in both 2002 and 2003, setting state records. She set the indoor mark in 2002 and is fourth on the all-time girls' indoor long jump list.

Tianna lettered all four years in track, serving as captain 3 of those 4 years. She won the Intermediate Girls Division at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Championships in 2001, set the meet record at the 2002 Nike Indoor Classic, won and set a new meet record at the Adidas Outdoor Championships in 2003, won first-place result at UT's Stokely Athletics Center in 2003 Volunteer Indoor Track Classic, and won the Gold Medal in the Long Jump at 2003 USATF Junior Championships.

College and international career[edit]

Tianna Madison attended the University of Tennessee. Before graduating, she won the SEC Indoor Long Jump, SEC Outdoor Long Jump, NCAA Indoor Long Jump, and NCAA Outdoor Long Jump Titles, and both Indoor and Outdoor All-America honors. She was successful academically as well being named Academic All-SEC and a member of the Lady Vol Academic Honor Roll.

Setting her mark on the school, Tianna is currently third all-time on University of Tennessee's Indoor Performer Lists in the 60m race and Long Jump, Fifth all-time on the Lady Vol Performer List in the Triple Jump, Fifth all-time on the University of Tennessee’s All-Time Performer List in the 55m Race, Sixth all-time on the University of Tennessee’s All-Time Performer List in the 200m Race.

While in college, Tianna was selected as the SEC Freshman Outdoor Field Events Athlete of the Year. She also won the Long Jump and 55m Race at the SEC Invitational, the Long Jump at the Penn State National Open, the Sea Ray Relays, the Knoxville Invitational, the Gatorade Classic, and ran the opening 200-meter leg that set collegiate, meet, stadium and school records in the sprint medley baton event at the Penn Relays for Tennessee.

Tianna was a U.S. Olympic Trials Finalist and is ranked Number 2 All-Time in Tennessee’s history of the Outdoor Long Jump.

In August 2005, she won the gold medal at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships in Athletics with a then personal best distance of 6.89 meters.[4]

In 2006, Tianna won the silver medal at the World Indoor Championships of Athletics with a jump of 6.80 meters. The color of that medal was elevated to gold when the Russian winner Tatyana Kotova was disqualified for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Still using the name Madison, she won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London in the women's 4x100 relay. Tianna ran the lead-off leg in the final, in which the U.S. team set a world record.[5] She also competed in the individual 100 meter event. She reached the final, finishing fourth with a personal best time of 10.85.[6]

In 2014, Bartoletta was crowned USA Outdoor champion in the 100m, USA Indoor champion in the 60m, and USA Outdoor long jump runner-up. So far in 2015, Bartoletta has defended her title as the USA Indoor champion in the 60m[7] and is currently ranked number 1 in the world in the women's long jump.[8]

On August 28, 2015, Bartoletta won the gold medal in the women's long jump at the 2015 World Outdoor Championships of Athletics, with a personal best distance of 7.14 meters.

Personal bests[edit]

  • 60m – 7.02 (2012)
  • 100m – 10.78 (2016)
  • 200m – 22.37 (2012)
  • 4 × 100 m – 40.82 (2012, World Record)
  • Long Jump – 7.14m (2015)

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Bobsledding[edit]

In October 2012, Bartoletta was named to the U.S. National bobsled team.[10] Bartoletta was one of three track and field Olympians (along with Lolo Jones and Hyleas Fountain) invited to the U.S. women's bobsled push championship by coach Todd Hays. Jones and Bartoletta made the bobsled team, giving them a chance to earn a spot on the bobsled World Cup circuit.[11] On November 9, 2012, Bartoletta and teammate Elana Meyers placed third in Bartoletta's first career World Cup bobsledding competition.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Tianna married investment manager John Bartoletta in 2012 and has gone by the name Tianna Bartoletta after the 2012 Olympics. She credits her chance meeting with her future husband with refocusing her efforts on the track.[13]

Upon returning from the Olympics, she was sued by her parents Jo Ann and Robert Madison for defamation. During interviews at the Olympics, Tianna had given interviews suggesting her finances following her youthful success had been mismanaged. She also talked about a culture of abuse and bullying in the family home, being molested in the past by a boy her parents invited into the house. What she termed "systemic patterns of low self-esteem," which she only recognized after meeting John, led to her forming her organization.[14] Her parents dismissed the lawsuit in March 2013.[15]

Organization[edit]

Bartoletta is the Founder and President of Club 360, a program helping young women build successful lives by enabling them to broaden their experiences and made educated decisions. Club 360 develops positive models and ways to set and achieve goals.

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