Tuesday, October 23, 2012
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center
At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Sanya was showcased her tireless work ethic by collecting two more Gold Medals (400m, 4x400m Relay) to add to an outstanding year that has already seen her win the 400m Indoor World Championship.
Prior to Sanya's 2012 campaign, she bounced back from an injury shortened 2010 to claim her record fifth career World Championship Gold Medal by winning the 4x400 Relay in South Korea. In 2009, Sanya won her first individual Gold Medal at the World Championships, winning the 400m in addition to claiming Gold in the 4x400m Relay. As she had done in the two years prior, Sanya went undefeated in Golden League meets, earning a share of the $1,000,000 jackpot. For the fifth consecutive year, Sanya was the #1 ranked 400m female runner in the world. She also won her fifth National Championship in the 400m.
In the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Sanya proudly represented the United States and brought home a Gold Medal in the 4x400m Relay as well as a Bronze Medal in the individual 400m. In 2008, Sanya competed thirteen times in the 200m & 400m events, recording 12 first place results and one second place finish. In the 2007 World Championships, Sanya won a Gold Medal in the 4x400m Relay. By winning every IAAF Golden League 400m event, Sanya shared the 2007 Golden League Jackpot, earning a $500,000 bonus. She ran the fastest 400m time in the world in 2007 at 49.27 and finished the season ranked No. 1 by the IAAF World rankings in the 400m.
Sanya's pre-2007 career highlights include a 2006 400m USA Indoor Championship, a World Cup 200m and 400m Championship, and being named IAAF World Athlete of the Year and Jesse Owens Award Winner. In 2005, Sanya was the Visa Humanitarian Athlete of the Year, the World Outdoor 400m Silver Medalist, and the US Outdoor 400m Champion. Sanya won her first career Gold Medal in the 4x400m Relay at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. In 2003, Sanya was the World Outdoor 4x400m Relay Gold Medalist and the USATF Youth Athlete of the Year. In 2002, she was a 400m Silver Medalist at the World Junior 400m Championships to go along with a Bronze in the 200m. Sanya also was US Junior 200m and 400m champion that same year.
Sanya was born on February 26, 1985 in Kingston, Jamaica. She left Jamaica for the USA at the age of 12 and became a US citizen in May 2002. In addition to her selection as a member of the National Honor Society, she maintained a 4.0 grade point average and was named 2002 National High School Female Athlete of the Year, USA Track and Field's Youth Athlete of the Year, and Track and Field News Women’s Prep Athlete of the Year.
Sanya attended the University of Texas and finished her collegiate career with a total of four NCAA individual titles.