As a competitive kid, Nathan Brannen always had the drive to be an Olympian. While in elementary school, he and friends would often re-enact Olympic performances. He has now been to the Games twice, at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, making it to the semifinals of the 1500m both times. He was the captain of the track and field team at London 2012. Brannen has also competed at four editions of the IAAF World Championships, posting his best result in 2013 when he finished 10th in the 12-man 1500m final. He won a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. While attending the University of Michigan, Brannen was the school’s Athlete of the Year in 2003, a four-time NCAA Champion and 11-time All-American.
Family: Parents Robert and Debbie Brannen… Younger sister Holly Cambell…. Wife Theresa Brannen… Children Gianna (born November 2011) and Grayson (born July 2014)… Getting into the Sport: Started running track at age 8 because he was a competitive kid with too much energy who was quickly hooked on the sport… Outside Interests: Enjoys spending time with family… Coaches a high school cross-country team… Graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management and Communications in 2005… Odds and Ends: Does the exact same thing before every meet, right down to the time he showers… Favourite quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
OG: 2012 – 12th in SF (1500m); 2008 – 9th in SF (1500m)
CWG: 2006 – SILVER (1500m); 2002 – 5th in SF (800m)
IAAF WCh: 2013 – 10th (1500m); 2009 – 9th in SF (1500m), 2005 – 10th in SF (1500m); 2001 – 5th in H (800m)