On his second jump at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain track-and-field athlete Mike Conley broke the Olympic Games record with a leap of 57 feet, 10 1/2 inches. But that wasn?t his best move. On his last attempt, he leaped into Olympic history with a jump of 59 feet, 7 1/4 inches. Conley won the gold medal.
For the fourth time in his career, Mr. Conley was named the No. 1 triple jumper in the world. No other athlete had achieved more than two world rankings in this event. Indeed, Mr. Conley holds the distinction of the world’s greatest combination jumper of all time.
Mr. Conley was born October 5, 1962 in Chicago, the son of Alex and Ora Conley and the second of three children. After winning honors in track and basketball at Luther South High School, he came to the University of Arkansas. While there he won a silver medal in the triple jump in the World University Games; and won a bronze medal in the long jump at the World Championships. He became the seventh athlete to be ranked in the world in both the long and triple jump at the same time in 3 years. As a college junior in 1984, he received an Olympic silver medal in the triple jump. Also that year he was named No 1 in the world in the triple jump by Track and Field News and won four National Titles in the triple jump and long jump.
Mr. Conley went on to earn myriad other track and field honors: a gold medal for the long jump in the 1985 World Cup competition ; a distinction as the first American to break the 58-foot barrier in the triple jump in USA/Mobile. Indoor competition. At the 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow and the Olympic Sports Festival held the same year, Mr. Conley won the gold medal in the triple jump.
Other gold medals were earned by Mr. Conley in the 1987 Pan American Games, the 1987 IAAF World Indoor Championships; the USA/MOBIL Outdoor Championship in 1988 and the 1993 World Championships. Also in 1993 he received a fifth No 1 world ranking by Track and Field News and a sixth No 1 ranking in the US for the triple jump. In 1994 he again was ranked no 1 in the world, becoming the greatest American triple jumper in history and the second greatest of All-Times in the World. In 1996 he was ranked No 4 in the world and No 2 in the US in triple jump; and earned a fourth-place finisher in the 1996 Olympic Games. Mr. Conley was also a three-time winner of the Footlocker Slam fest.
He resides in Fayetteville, when he assists in coaching the University of Arkansas Triple Crown track program; owns an importing business; holds a real estate license and breeds and raise German-breed Rottweiler dogs. He and his wife, Rene, have two sons, Michael Jr. and Jordan.