Nike Inks Walter Dix

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Having grabbed the world’s attention earlier this month by becoming the only American runner with a chance at three medals, Olympic Trials 200m champion Walter Dix has taken the first, and biggest, step of his professional career. The eight-time NCAA Champion at Florida State recently signed with the Atlanta based sport’s agency Icon Management Inc. He has also entered into a record breaking deal with shoe company Nike as announced by Dix’s agent Kimberly N. Holland of Icon Management Inc.

The specific terms of the deal will not be released, but Dix will be one of the premier sprinters for the shoe company at the XXIX Summer Olympic in Beijing, China.

After the completion of a stellar collegiate running career, Dix became world renown by becoming the only American to qualify for the Olympics in the 100m and 200m dashes. He won the 200m race with a Hayword Field record time of 19.86, beating 2004 Olympic Champion Shawn Crawford by five thousands of a second. The Ft. Lauderdale native also finished second in the 100m dash at the trials and will be a member of Team USA’s 4x100m relay.

Called the greatest collegiate sprinter by track analyst and NCAA collegiate 100m record holder Ato Boldon, Dix’s collegiate resume is unmatched. Only the second man to ever win the 200m outdoor title three times, he is tied for third in NCAA history with six individual outdoor national championships and accumulated 18 All-America honors.

On his way to being named the 2007 USTFCCCA Division I National Runner of the Year last season, Dix ran the eighth-fastest 200m time ever in the world and the NCAA record when he blazed to a 19.69 at the NCAA East Regional Championship. He also holds the American Collegiate record in the 100m at 9.93 during the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Dix’ winning time in the 200m at the Olympic Trials is the second fastest in the world this year.

Dix will run his first professional race for Nike on July 22 at the DN Galan in Stockholm, Sweden. He’ll open Olympic competition on August 15 with the first round of the 100m dash. The 200m race starts August 18 and the first round of 4x100m is slated for August 21.

Icon Management Inc., is a sports agency committed to raising the bar for track & field athletes. Founded in 2002, by Kimberly N. Holland, J.D., Icon creates initiatives and builds relationships that enhance its client’s lives, year round, both on and off the field.

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