Tickets are still available for the Breakfast with Fosbury and Friends featuring Dan O'Brien sponsored by Simplot Games on February 15, at 7:15 a.m., in Idaho State University’s Student Union Ballroom. To purchase tickets call (208) 235-5604 or visit www.simplotgames.com.
Officially recognized as the “World’s Greatest Athlete,” Olympic Gold Medalist Dan O’Brien is the 2019 keynote speaker for Breakfast with Fosbury and Friends. Each year, one Olympian is given the opportunity by Simplot Games to speak to the attendees at this special event.
O’Brien competed in the decathlon, which takes place over two days and consists of ten events: the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1,500-meter run.
He is a five-time U.S. champion, three-time world champion, and seven-year world record holder. After failing to make the Olympics from a well-publicized “no height” in the pole vault during the trials in 1992, O’Brien made a comeback four years later, winning gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
“I learned how to accept losing and failure and how to move on from it,” O’Brien said. “Throughout my whole sport life, I got accustomed to losing because I always felt that I had a greater victory down the road. I never really let the losses affect me, not even in high school or my early days of college. I was able to deal with those defeats and because of that I was able to deal with that large adversity later on in life.”