Grant Holloway turns dream that made him choose track over football into a reality

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Grant Holloway's nickname "Wonder Boy" is fitting for the first-time Olympian.

His performance at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in June turned heads, but the 23-year-old has been shattering records since his collegiate days at Florida. Holloway won eight NCAA titles and the Bowerman Award in 2019 after being a finalist the year prior.

And track isn't the only thing he's good at. Holloway was a four-star wide receiver coming out of high school and had high-Division I offers.

Ultimately though, Holloway chose his love for running and a dream of competing at the Olympics, something playing football couldn't fulfill. That dream is becoming a reality in Tokyo.

Grant Holloway was one-hundredth of a second off the world record in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in June 2021. The Tokyo Olympics are his first.
Grant Holloway was one-hundredth of a second off the world record in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in June 2021. The Tokyo Olympics are his first.

How tall is Grant Holloway?

Holloway is 6-foot-2.

How old is Grant Holloway?

He was born on November 19, 1997 and is currently 23 years old.

What college does Grant Holloway go to?

Holloway ran track at the University of Florida from 2017-19 before turning pro. He holds six school records and set a U.S. record in his collegiate career for the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.35 seconds. His time in the event was also a collegiate record. Holloway also set NCAA records for the 110 meter hurdles and 4x100 meter relay.

A two-time SEC Indoor Runner of the Year and one-time Outdoor Runner of the Year, Holloway also received 22 combined indoor and outdoor All-American honors. He was the 2019 USTFCCCA National Indoor and Outdoor Athlete of the Year.

Is Grant Holloway married?

No, but he's been dating Gator softball player Katie Chronister since 2017. The pair met while living in the same building their freshman year of college. Chronister graduated from Florida in December 2020.

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Does Grant Holloway have children?

No.

Is Grant Holloway going to the Olympics?

Yes. Holloway qualified for Tokyo 2020, his first Olympics, and will compete in the 110-meter hurdles. He won gold in the event at the 2019 World Championships with a time of 13.10 seconds.

At the trials, Holloway placed first with a time of 12.96. He was faster in his semifinal performance, running a 12.81, just shy of the world-record time of 12.80 held by Aries Merritt.

How much is Grant Holloway worth?

He is sponsored by Adidas and Astra, along with a few other companies.

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Contact Emily Leiker at eleiker@usatoday.com or on Twitter @emleiker

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Grant Holloway 'Wonder Boy' to compete in Tokyo Olympics hurdles

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