Edwin C. Moses, an Olympic champion and 400-meter hurdler, sports administrator, diplomat, and businessman, is one of the most respected and recognized athletes of our time! This three-time Olympic medalist brought home the Gold from the 1976 Montreal Olympics, won the Gold in Los Angeles in 1984, and earned the Bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Because of the United States’ boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, he was denied a second golden opportunity. However, Moses took the opportunity to demonstrate his excellent form in Milan, Italy, when he smashed his second world record of 1977 with a new record time of 47.13 seconds just two weeks before the start of the Olympic Games that summer! Three years later he lowered the mark once again, on his 28th birthday in Koblenz, West Germany, with his time of 47.02. His four separate world-records lasted until 1992, a total of 16 years. Moses dominated the 400-meter hurdles for a decade, accumulating 122 straight victories, the most amazing string of consecutive victories ever amassed by an individual athlete! His trademark technique was to take a consistent 13 steps between each of the hurdles, pulling away in the second half of the race as his rivals changed their stride pattern. His experience as a distinguished Olympic champion and world record holder has earned him the esteem of the international sports community! He has fully served and promoted the Olympic movement, and fostered the development of drug-free sports and the rights of amateur athletes at all levels.
Edwin Moses is the Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, an internationally recognized sports philanthropic organization based in London, as well as an international sports diplomat. He holds a B.S. degree in physics from Morehouse College, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and an honorary doctorate degree (D.Sc. honoris causa) from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He presently serves as Vice Chairman of USADA, the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which is charged with protecting the integrity of sports by providing a clean, drug-free environment within which all athletes can compete fairly.
Edwin’s pastimes include being a licensed private airplane pilot, and a scuba diver. In 1984, the City of Dayton honored Moses by renaming Miami Boulevard West and Sunrise Avenue to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. In 1994, this Dayton Original was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame!