Olympic Gold Medalist Prepares
To Fly …

What’s going on with me?

Well, right now I’m still training, trying to prepare myself for my first meet at the infamous Penn Relays which happen this weekend. I will be running the 4×100m as I have done for the past couple of years.

I’m truly excited about this meet. Not only because it will be my first for this year, but it’s my first meet during an Olympic Games year. I’ve really had to buckle down and focus this year because of the many changes that have taken place since the 2004 Olympics.

I’ve relocated to Los Angeles and changed coaches. This means getting used to a new environment and a new way of doing things. Change is good.

It’s an adjustment that I’ve had to make while still focusing on the job at hand. I must remember that I’m a professional. To whom much is given, much is expected.

I’m feeling comfortable in my surroundings now and looking forward to an amazing year on the track field!

I’ll keep Urban Thought Collective posted as I make my way to the Gold.

ICON sprinter Shawn Crawford ascended to the top of the track and field world when he won the Gold medal in the 200 meters in the 2004 Olympics. Presently number six in the world, Crawford looks forward to winning the Gold once again in the 2008 Olympics. He is currently training with legendary Track and Field coach Bob Kersee. His periodic dispatches from the field will appear exclusively on UTC.

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April 26th, 2008 at 2:34 am dollsdaughter says:


April 26th, 2008 at 2:40 am BEETLEJUICY says:


April 26th, 2008 at 3:04 am Regina Holloway says:

Our very own Olympic Gold Medalist? I’m impressed.

April 26th, 2008 at 3:19 am PRECIOUS says:

- Shawn Crawford Goes For The Gold
- I Been Watching The Olympics Since 9 Years Old
- Hope China Gets Its Act Together So The Games Don’t Fold
- Track and Field is My Favorite To Watch And Now You’ve Been Told

April 26th, 2008 at 4:09 am ElsaKarkins says:

Fast AND Fine? Okay.

April 26th, 2008 at 4:19 am SweetSis says:


April 26th, 2008 at 4:30 am ElsaHarkins says:

Hey SweetSis, You know I had to Google that gorgeousness, girl. Check this out:

April 26th, 2008 at 4:32 am SweetSis says:

Cheetah Man? War Paint? I Don’t Know…

April 26th, 2008 at 4:33 am ElsaHarkins says:

LOL. Right up my alley. I love a man with a free spirit.

April 26th, 2008 at 4:37 am SweetSis says:


April 26th, 2008 at 4:39 am ElsaHarkins says:

Neither does that face and that body. LMAO!!!

April 26th, 2008 at 6:29 am kamalp says:

@ elsa & sweetsis: ya’ll crackin me up over here.

April 26th, 2008 at 12:32 pm Freshest07 says:

track n field is great to watch. i’ll be watching you in beijing. good luck for another gold.

April 26th, 2008 at 1:04 pm chica22 says:

So Cool! Keep Up The Hard Work To Reach Your Goal, Our Brotha!

April 26th, 2008 at 1:39 pm UncleD says:

keep shinin’, man.

April 26th, 2008 at 2:14 pm Rene Perez says:

I’ll be watching for you at the games.

April 26th, 2008 at 3:20 pm thelma says:

something to look forward to at the games this year! it hasn’t been too exciting since the 90s! he is too cute

April 26th, 2008 at 3:28 pm 1GOODMAN says:

Much props.

April 26th, 2008 at 3:37 pm missme says:

First off, Elsa and SweetSis need there own Tv show. Hella funny.

Next off, we’re rootin’ for you Shawn.

Make sure to keep us posted.

April 26th, 2008 at 4:08 pm ratty77 says:

Where Do You Keep Your Gold Medal?

April 26th, 2008 at 4:14 pm Evelyn Jacobs says:

I am really excited about the Games this summer. I have watched for as long as I can remember. I recall you winning in 2004 and them booing you like the dogs they were. You were classy. Stay focused for America and success will continue to follow you.

April 26th, 2008 at 4:46 pm Kenneth Boston says:

Thats wus up.

April 26th, 2008 at 5:22 pm Binta Rohan says:

I agree w/ Precious, the rhymin’ poster. :)

April 26th, 2008 at 5:47 pm Coretta Scott Queen says:

How do you feel about running in a country that supports the genocide of your people in Darfur?

April 26th, 2008 at 6:32 pm MissReina says:

Respectfully, I would also be interested to know your thoughts and those of other athletes caught in a lot of the civil rights issues around these upcoming Olympics - Tibet, Darfur, etc.

April 26th, 2008 at 6:52 pm christiner says:

look forward to reading your dispatches.

April 26th, 2008 at 9:58 pm Eric G. Edwards says:

remember 04, running though that pissed of crowd, keep stride, bro.

April 27th, 2008 at 2:29 am ElsaHarkins says:

this popped up on my google alert. yeah i added him. so what?! lol.

April 27th, 2008 at 2:30 am ElsaHarkins says:

“Jamaica, which did not feature 100-meter world record-holder Asafa Powell, won the 4×100 title in 39.04 seconds.
Marvin Anderson, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter and Dwight Thomas edged USA Blue - John Capel, Xavier Carter, Michael Rodgers and Shawn Crawford - by one-tenths of a second with Trinidad and Tobago third in 39.33.”

April 27th, 2008 at 2:30 am ElsaHarkins says:

Very close! Next time, USA will take it all. Whens the next one, Shawn?

April 27th, 2008 at 4:07 am Carly White says:

Dear Mr. Crawford,
I hope the Olympics aren’t boycotted & you are able to perform you’re best & win another Gold medal. Good luck to you & may your path continue to be guided.
Carly White

April 28th, 2008 at 9:46 am teradise says:

Welcome to LA Shawn! My prayers are with you!

April 28th, 2008 at 10:47 am Ginger says:

um…YUM!! lol

April 28th, 2008 at 4:31 pm Tina says:

Much fortune this year! We will be cheering for you during the games! Your are an inspiration and your show of dedication is amazing. I wish I could be so dedicated in just my day to day workouts. Any suggestions on how to stay as focused as you do through out the year?

April 28th, 2008 at 5:25 pm superj says:

I always wished I had your kinda speed when I was a kid. I would run and try and make my feet hit my butt and if they did that meant I was running as fast as a track star. Good Look Brother!!

April 30th, 2008 at 2:42 pm Jane Alford says:

Shawn – Don’t forget your friends and fans back home in Van Wyck and Indian Land, S.C. We’re rooting for you to bring home another gold medal this year! Keep in touch and let us know when you might be back home.

May 7th, 2008 at 10:02 am Jamison (Caskey) Jamieson says:

Hey Shawn! We are all looking forward to your progession to the Olympics this year. Get another gold for Indian Land! We’ll be rooting for you!

May 9th, 2008 at 8:26 pm Rev Sandra Sistare says:

Shawn, have a great time. we’re still
cheering for you. All the Family.
Aunt Mess says go! Shawn go!

May 9th, 2008 at 8:33 pm Shaq Elder says:

I shawn my name is Shaq, I’m your cousin and I look forward to watching you run. You are special to us and we look forward to seeing you soon. God Bless and keep it real man. Luv ya

May 9th, 2008 at 8:37 pm Plump and Shonda says:

Hey shawn bring home another gold. You
make us proud!!! Love and God Bless.