The moment I became champion of the world #6 – Trey Hardee


In preparation for Moscow, SPIKES has tracked down 10 great world champions to ask them about their golden moment. In 2009, US decathlete Trey Hardee struck gold in Berlin with a personal best total of 8790pts.

“I remember smiling a lot. I couldn’t believe what had just happened. Not only had I won, but I had set a huge personal best by 250pts to become one of the top Americans of all time.

"I felt like I won the lottery. I remember going back to watch more of the meet with my then girlfriend (now fiancé) Chelsea, and having a night in the town with a tonne of other athletes, mainly pole vaulters.

"It was not much more than a typical night out, except I was walking on air. I loved Berlin and still love going back to Germany each summer for training.

"I gave myself a few weeks off training for winning gold and then started looking for a new home. That was my treat. It was born out of necessity, but I couldn’t have done it without the win.”

Re-live Hardee’s lottery-winning moment here: