Calvin Harrison

Olympic athlete

1974 –


Who is Calvin Harrison?

Calvin Harrison is an American athlete. He won a gold medal in the Men's 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He is the twin brother of fellow Olympic medalist Alvin Harrison. At the 2000 Olympics, Alvin Harrison and Calvin Harrison made history by becoming the first twins ever to compete and win Olympic gold medals together on the same relay team since the inception of the modern Olympic Games. In the 4×400m relay, Alvin ran the first leg and Calvin ran the third leg. In 2008, the 2000 Sydney Olympics 4×400 metres relay US team was stripped of their medals after teammmate Antonio Pettigrew admitted that he had used performance-enhancing drugs.

Calvin Harrison did not participate in the 2004 Summer Olympics due to a stimulant violation involving modafinil at the 2003 U.S. championships. Harrison received a two-year suspension that ended in 2006.

While Alvin won an individual Silver medal at the Olympics, when the twins were in high school at North Salinas High School, in Salinas, California, Harrison was the star. He set the NFHS National High School record in the 400 meters of 45.25, while winning the 1993 CIF California State Meet defeating Michael Granville, the national 800 meter record holder in the process. The record stood until Aldrich Bailey broke it in 2012. In 1993, Harrison also won the 200 meters and teamed with Alvin to win the 4×400 meter relay, plus third place in the 4×100 meter relay, leading North Salinas to tie for the team title—the only time the school has even been in contention.

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Jan 20, 1974
  • African American
  • United States of America
  • Hartnell College
Lived in
  • Orlando

on July 23, 2013


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