Mark Crear is a double Olympic medalist in the 110 m hurdles. He captured global attention by winning the 1996 Olympic silver medal (Atlanta) with a broken arm and the 2000 Olympic bronze medal (Sydney) with a double hernia.
High hurdles and jumping through life’s hoops are second nature to Mark. Before jumping any “hurdles” on the track, Mark had plenty of hurdles to jump off. Growing up in a single family home and being a victim of physical and emotional abuse, Crear early on knew that life was not fair and had plenty of reasons and excuses to quit and give up. However, “quitting” was not a part of Dr. Crear’s DNA. Instead, Mark relied on faith and hard work to carry him from his life of abuse, abandonment, rejection and disappointments, to number one in the world. So it’s not surprising why Dr. Crear is considered a symbol of strength, hard work and perseverance.
Born in San Francisco but raised in Southern California, young Mark graduated from Rowland High School and enrolled at Mt. San Antonio College. Upon graduating, Mark entered USC on a scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and captured the NCAA Championship Title in the 110-meter high hurdles. He enjoyed early success as a world-class track and field athlete, becoming a two-time Olympic medalist, reigning as the world’s No. 1 110-meter high hurdler three times (1995, 1998, 1999), becoming a Goodwill Games champion in 1998, a U.S. outdoor national champion in 1994 and 1999, and a three-time World Grand Prix champion.
After his eventful athletic career, Mark applied what he learned on the track to a variety of disciplines, thereby reinventing himself several times over. As a dynamic motivational speaker, Mark founded In the Zone Performance Training, a consulting practice that helps companies, professionals and athletes overcome hurdles and improve their performance in the face of intense competition, pressure, fatigue and distraction.
In addition, Dr. Crear is also a published author, having penned his powerful and inspirational autobiography, “Why My Silver Is Gold.” The book is about overcoming the inevitable hurdles that we face throughout life. His in-depth story will tug at the very strings of your emotions as he takes you through his life of abuse, abandonment, rejection and disappointments.
Most recently, Mark has co-authored the world renowned peak performance book, GPS, which he has partnered with Steven Covey, Brian Gray and Les Brown to create a collection of successful strategies for success.
Furthermore, Dr. Crear is an ordained minister who earned his Doctorate in Theology in 2002.