Joanna Hayes (JHayes)


Los Angeles, Ca

About JHayes:

Track athlete for most of my life...2004 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 100 hurdles and Olympic record holder at 12.37! I love sports and what is does for young girls and women, I believe I will be active for the rest of my life. Currently I am rehabbing my knee (I had patella tendon surgery in December) I have gone through so many ups and downs in my career but no matter what I have the Olympic Gold Medal that I dreamed about my entire life so everything else is just a bonus or learning experience. I love children and have spent time working the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center in East St. Louis, I am currently a coach at Harvard Westlake High School as well as a personal coach and trainer. I have a new non profit foundation Joanna Hayes Foundation that I am super excited about. My foundation focuses on the whole child by emphasizing three parts the mind, body, and spirit using education, sports, and life skills to enhance each part.

JHayes's Favorite Sports:

Basketball, NBA, W College Hoops, WNBA, Football, Men's Football, Tackle Football, Gymnastics, Paralympics, Summer Games, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Cricket

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JHayes's Posts:

Harper, Wells, Jones: Controversy or Media hype?
posted on August 9, 2012 at 4:59pm

I do not normally get involved in other peoples' drama but with the past couple days of tweets, articles, and television interviews of Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells, and Lolo Jones, I have been encouraged to say my "peace".  Let me also just give you a c...more

Joanna Hayes, the Day Before the Olympic Trials: I Win Because...
posted on June 21, 2012 at 9:54pm

As I sit here in my hotel bed of the newly renovated Valley River Inn in Eugene Oregon I cannot help but to think, "I can't believe the Olympic Trials are about to begin!"...more

Joanna Hayes: I choose to believe!
posted on May 27, 2012 at 8:27pm

The final of the 100 hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials is in 4 weeks!! OMG! This is the time when most athletes ask themselves if they have done enough? Are they prepared for the trials? I ask myself those questions along with "Did I start training earl...more

Hurdler Joanna Hayes Believes
posted on May 27, 2012 at 2:28am

  The final of the 100 hurdles is in exactly four weeks from today!! Omg! This is the time when most athletes ask themselves if they have done enough? Are they prepared for the trials?  I ask myself those questions along with "Did I start train...more

Joanna Hayes: Happiness and Gratitude on her Road to an Olympic Comeback
posted on May 4, 2012 at 12:18pm

So, I wrote this blog on Sunday evening after my race but I have decided to rewrite it because it was full me complaining and being frustrated...more

Joanna Hayes on The Comeback: Things are falling into place!
posted on April 26, 2012 at 9:32am

Hey guys, I'm in a much better mood after my second race than I was after my first race!  What a difference a week makes!  I was second again, which is the most frustrating part, but this time I only lost by .02 as opposed to .21.  It may ...more

Joanna Hayes on Race #2 of her Comeback Season: Giving it 100 %
posted on April 21, 2012 at 12:47pm

Well, I had my first race of the season after my “retirement” and 3 1/2 years of inactivity and I am okay with the result.  However, I am not happy nor am I satisfied because I know I could have done better!  What I am doing is not e...more

Joanna Hayes on stepping on to the track for her first 100m hurdles since September 2008
posted on April 14, 2012 at 1:45am

My season officially begins tomorrow April 14th at UCLA where I will compete at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational! I am so nervous because this will be my first 100 hurdles competition since September 13th 2008!...more

Joanna Hayes: What my first race in 3.5 years was like - like nothing I've ever experienced!
posted on February 21, 2012 at 5:52pm

So, it's been just over a week since I ran my first track meet in 3 1/2 years! I figured now is a good time to tell you all about it since I've had some time to let it all sink in....more

Joanna Hayes: I was made to move. The 2004 Olympic Champ toes the line tonight after a 3 year hiatus
posted on February 11, 2012 at 3:38pm

Lying here this morning in my hotel bed asking myself, "Am I crazy?" I don't respond because I’m not really sure.  All I know is that I'm bona fide nervous because after 3 years and 5 months without a race, I am on the start list for th...more

Behind the Scenes
posted on February 3, 2010 at 4:10pm

I have known that I wanted to be involved in television since high school which is why I entered UCLA with the intention of majoring in Communications. However, once there I figured that the internships would probably be too much while training and compe...more

Notes from Berlin and the World Championships...
posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:57pm

I have been in Berlin for 11 days and finally Day 1 of the IAAF World Championships has begun.  For the first time, I am at the World Championships and not competing.  It is certainly a strange feeling.  However, it is not one of sadness or disappoin...more

Have I earned your respect yet?
posted on July 9, 2009 at 9:08pm

Dawn Harper, who was considered a surprise winner at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after the favorite Lolo Jones hit the 9th hurdle and crossed the line in 7th place, cannot seem to get any respect from meet promoters, reporters, or anyone who thought that Lo...more

Will I ever compete again?
posted on June 26, 2009 at 4:33pm

As I watched Day One of the USATF National track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon I had mixed emotions about my position.  And by my position I mean in the stands as a spectator.  I watched races and tweeted results with enthusiasm and was prou...more

Track & Field: Athlete or Coach
posted on May 12, 2009 at 7:10pm

As I prepared to take my team to CIF Prelims I asked myself this question: Am I an athlete or am I a coach? I believe I have been an athlete all of my life. Have I been a coach all of my life, or have I just become a coach??...more

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Joanna Hayes

A blog by Joanna Hayes, Olympic Gold Medalist and mother of two girls. Joanna discusses life after being an athlete, raising daughters, staying fit during and after pregnancy and more

Help Joanna Hayes celebrate the 10th Anniversary of her Olympic gold medal! #MyMedals #MyStory
Today, August 24, is the day that I won my Olympic gold medal in 2004 in Athens Greece. Not only did I win the 100 meter hurdles but I broke the Olympic record with a personal best time of 12.37! It is very hard to put my feelings into words but one word...[Read on]