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Alysia Montaño Biography

Known for the flower she tucks in her hair at every race, Alysia Montaño is a popular competitor in the world of Track and Field, holding the title as the fastest woman in the 800 meters in 2010, and blowing away the field capturing the title of 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion.

The two-time NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Champion and four-time USA Outdoor Champion is known for her middle distance domination and is referred to as the "800m Specialist," as it's the hardest distance to dominate. The 800 meters is considered to be the 'longest sprint': to succeed you have to find the perfect balance of both anaerobic and aerobic fitness," says Alysia. "In competition, the race is long enough that pace is important, but short enough that there ís no time for fear. So you just have to be fearless."

In 2007 at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Montaño won her first national title in the 800m with a time of 1:59.47. At the 2007 World Athletics Championships, Montaño was eliminated in the heats of the 800 m by finishing 4th with a time of 2:02.11.

At the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Montaño won her first international medal, a bronze, in the 800m, finishing with a personal best time of 1:59.60. At the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Montaño won the 800 m title in a time of 1:58.33 to defend her 2010 crown. She placed fourth at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu with her second fastest time of 1:57.48 minutes.

Montaño came close to a personal best at the 2012 Prefontaine Classic, winning the 800m in 1:57.37 minutes. In the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Montaño placed 5th with a time of 1:57.93. Most recently in 2013 Millrose Games, Montaño set the American Indoor Record in the 600m with a time of 1:23.59.


Alysia Montaño excels in a notoriously difficult Track and Field event: the 800 meters. But even if she weren't a U.S. national champion and world medalist, her exceptional style and exuberant personality would make her a standout.


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ASICS America welcomes Track & Field star and 2012 Olympian, Alysia Montaño, to its expanding team of distinguished athletes. Her vibrant personality and unwavering work ethic make her a strong addition to ASICS’ talented family of athletes. A fearless competitor in the notoriously challenging 800-meter event, Alysia is easily recognized by the signature flower she wears in her hair while competing. The partnership launches as Alysia recently set a new American record at the 2013 4x800 Penn Relays. ASICS looks forward to supporting Alysia as she pursues her dream of heading back to the Olympic games in Rio 2016.