Mark is a double Olympic medalist in the 110-meter hurdles. He captured global attention by winning the silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics despite having a broken arm, and the bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with a double hernia ailment.
Scaling high hurdles and jumping through life’s hoops are second nature to Mark. Before jumping any “hurdles” on the track, Crear had plenty of hurdles to overcome. Growing up in a single family home and being a victim of physical and emotional abuse, he learned early on that life was not fair and had plenty of reasons and excuses to quit and give up. However, he relied on faith and hard work to carry him from his life of abuse, abandonment, rejection and disappointment to becoming the No. 1 hurdler in the world.
Crear grew up in Los Angeles and attended college in his hometown at USC, where he became an NCAA champion. He was also a Goodwill Games champion, a U.S. outdoor national champion, and a three-time World Grand Prix champion.
After his incredible athletic career ended, Mark found success as a motivational speaker, an author and an ordained minister.
Crear is undoubtedly a symbol of strength, hard work and perseverance.