adidas Golden West Invitational made its debut in 1960. The meet
brings together athletes from throughout the country and provides
them with the very highest levels of competition.
year will be the 47th Annual adidas Golden West Invitational.
Past participants have represented the United States in every
Olympic Games since 1964 and have filled more than 150 positions
on the American Olympic Track & Field teams. They have won
more than 75 medals, 40 of them gold. An additional nine GWI
athletes represented their native countries of France, Ireland,
Japan, Trinidad/Tobago, Fiji, Jamaica and Cape Verde Islands.
alums include track legends Evelyn Ashford, Bob Beamon, Marion
Jones, Marty Liquori, Steve Prefontaine, Jim Ryun, Tommy Smith,
and Dwight Stone.
Olympic medalists include Stacey Dragila, Allyson Felix, Joanna
Hayes, Monique Henderson, and Meb Keflezighi and Jeremy Wariner.
NFL football stars Terry Bradshaw, Michael Carter, Russ Francis,
Bob Hayes, James Lofton, Art Monk, and Mel Renfro also competed
at the Golden West.