Dan O'Brien
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 09/16/2008
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"The World’s Greatest Athlete," Dan O’Brien was a track and field star at Idaho in 1989 when he earned All-America honors in the 55-meter hurdles with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. O’Brien’s specialty was the multi-events, though. That same year, O’Brien scored a school- and Big Sky-record 7,988 points in the decathlon and earned the Big Sky Track and Field Athlete of the Year honors. After leaving Idaho, O’Brien went on to be the world’s best decathlete for the next 10 years with a record six No. 1 world rankings from Track and Field News, three world decathlon championships, a 1996 Olympic gold medal and a spot in the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame. His career-best score of 8,891 is a former world record and is still a USA record. His career-best indoor heptathlon score of 6,476 has stood as a world record for nearly 15 years.