3 x Olympian, Olympic 100m Bronze Medalist, World Record Holder, Lawyer, Speaker & Author

Obadele Thompson has a passion for helping high performers achieve sustainable world-class results. Throughout his life, he has faced and overcome personal and professional odds to become a world-class performer under pressure.

At 15 months old, Obadele finally learned to walk after his parents refused the doctors’ advice to break and brace his bowed-legs.


About Obadele Thompson

Throughout his life, Obadele has faced and overcome personal and professional odds to become a world-class performer under pressure.

At 15 months old, Obadele finally learned to walk after his parents refused the doctors’ advice to break and brace his bowed-legs. At 3 years old, he became an asthmatic with attacks so frequent and severe his parents decided that his mother should instead work part-time to take care of him. At age 14, he began representing his home country Barbados at international competitions. By 17 years old, he was the fastest junior (under age 20) sprinter in the Caribbean but not recruited for an athletic scholarship.

Quitting was not an option.

Instead, he called the first college on his list and convinced the coach to give him an athletic scholarship, sight unseen and without taking a recruiting visit. Less than five years later, he ended his Hall of Fame NCAA Division I career as a four-time individual champion, multiple Academic All-American, and Olympic finalist, who ranked in the top five 200m runners globally his last two seasons. He also set two world and NCAA records (one still stands) and received the NCAA Today’s Top XIII (now Top 10) Award for outstanding academics, athletics, and leadership.

After graduating college, Obadele became a professional athlete for over a decade, winning the bronze medal in the 100m at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and medaling at several other major global championships and international competitions including the Commonwealth Games, IAAF Indoor World Championships, IAAF World Cup in Athletics, and the World University Games. He was an individual finalist at three Olympic Games, who reach career-high IAAF world rankings of #3 in the 100m (2000) and #1 in the 200m (2001).

Obadele published Secrets of a Champion Student-Athlete: A Reality Check and its companion workbook to help student-athletes succeed academically, athletically, and in life.

He is also a licensed attorney, who practiced international law at a top-tier global firm, and has participated in several sports law events.

Obadele was named an Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Youth in Barbados by the former Barbados Prime Minister after winning the country’s first and only Olympic medal and has received several prestigious sports and civic awards and honors.

He has volunteered with the United Nations Drug Control Program (UNDCP), UNICEF Americas and the Caribbean Regional Office (TACRO) Region, and the Special Olympics (Barbados).

Obadele is a graduate of the University of Texas-El Paso (BBA, summa cum laude in economics and marketing), and The University of Texas School of Law.