Author Profile : Dr. Mark Crear

Dr. Mark Crear

Dr. Mark Crear
Two-time Olympic medalist

Dr. Mark Crear, a two-time Olympic medalist, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, consultant, published author, ordained minister, Christian counselor and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). Born in San Francisco but raised in Southern California, young Mark graduated from Rowland High School and enrolled at Mt. San Antonio College. Mark is not only an Olympic Champion; he also has a resolute sense of faith and purpose. Scaling high hurdles and jumping through life’s hoops are second nature to Mark Crear.  Before jumping any "hurdles" on the track, Mark had plenty of life hurdles to jump.

Growing up in a single family home and being a victim of physical and emotional abuse, Crear early on knew that life was not fair and had plenty of reasons and excuses to quit and give up. However, "quitting" was not a part of Dr. Crear's DNA. Instead, Mark relied on God (faith) and hard work to carry him from his life of abuse, abandonment, rejection and disappointments, to #1 in the world. Therefore, it is not surprising why Dr. Crear is considered a symbol of strength, hard work and perseverance.

Dr. Crear entered USC on a scholarship, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and captured the NCAA Championship Title in the 110-meter high hurdles.  He enjoyed early success as a world-class track and field athlete, becoming a two- time Olympic Medalist, reigning as the world’s No. 1 110-meter high hurdler three times (1995, 1998, 1999), becoming a Goodwill Games champion in 1998, a U.S. Outdoor national champion in 1994 and 1999, and a three-time World Grand Prix champion. The former track star captured global attention by winning the 1996 Olympic Silver Medal with a broken arm and the 2000 Olympic Bronze Medal with a double hernia.

Dr. Crear has been around the world presenting keynote and inspirational messages to various organizations, clubs and corporations. His unique way of using the Olympic experience as a hurdler to illustrate how to overcome hurdles and Stay in the Zone, is encouraging, motivating, educational, yet therapeutic. In addition, Dr. Crear is a published author, having penned his powerful and inspirational autobiography, Why My Silver Is Gold that highlight overcoming hurdles we face throughout life.  He also co-authored the world-renowned peak performance book, GPS with Steven Covey, Brian Gray and Les Brown to create a collection of successful strategies for success.

Dr. Crear is a Christian Counselor, Life Coach, and Ordained Minister earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Southern California, a Masters in Religious Studies, Physical Education & Christian Counseling from ITU, and a PhD in Sociology, Business & Theology from USC.

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