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Daley Thompson

Daley Thompson CBE

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One of Britain’s most popular Olympians, Daley Thompson is an athlete who won decathlon gold medals at some of the world’s biggest athletics events. His medal haul includes two Olympic titles, three Commonwealth Games golds, two European Championships and one World Championship. At one stage, Daley went a staggering nine years undefeated in the event and is widely regarded as the best decathlete of all time. Now, he works as one of the most popular athletics speakers on the circuit, and alongside his fascinating tales from his Olympic career, he can also inspire audiences to be their best in their own life.

Daley was a talented footballer and originally thought this would be his path, but switched his attention to athletics in his youth. In the 1970s he initially trained as a sprinter, but was advised to give decathlon a go. He discovered he was a natural, and competed in his first Olympics in 1976 in Montreal where he finished 18th. A few years later he had begun to establish himself as one of the event’s stars, winning gold at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton. This stood him in good stead going into the next Olympics, and in Moscow, in 1980 he won his first Olympic gold medal.

This sparked a dominant period for Daley, and in 1983 at the inaugural World Championships in Helsinki, he won another title. This meant he held the European, World and Olympic titles simultaneously. In 1984 at the Olympics in Los Angeles he successfully defended his Olympic title – and his score of 8,847 was a world record that stood until 1992 and it remains a British record to this day. In his role as an athletics speaker, Daley can discuss these experiences, explaining how he was able to remain so consistent for so many years.

Since retiring from athletics in 1992, Daley has remained a prominent sporting figure in the UK. He briefly played football for non-league side Stevenage before being employed as a fitness coach at Wimbledon and Luton Town. He’s also worked as a pundit for the BBC and Talksport, offering his expert insight into the world’s biggest sporting events.

A natural showman, whose charisma and great sense of humour made him a national treasure, these qualities make Daley Thompson one of the most popular athletics speakers around, keeping audiences entertained time and time again. To book Daley for your next corporate or personal event,get in touch with Evolve today.

Topics and Themes

  • Athletics
  • Sporting Success
  • Motivational
  • Olympics

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