Get to know first-time Olympian English Gardner, a sprinter on Team USA’s track and field roster for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
— Gardner was born on April 22, 1992, in Philadelphia. She grew up in Voorhees Township, New Jersey, and graduated from Eastern Regional High School in 2009. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
— Gardner first began running track at age 12, running for coach Jeff Scott at Willingboro Track Club. She was quickly successful and was a decorated high school runner.
— Gardner attended the University of Oregon. She set a then-American Junior record with a time of 11.03 in the 100 meters and was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.
— Gardner won four NCAA titles and set school records in the 100 meters, 60 meters and 4x400 meter relay during her time at Oregon. She turned pro after her junior season and is now sponsored by Nike.
— Gardner won her first USATF Outdoor Championship in 2013 by running a 10.85 in the 100. She earned a gold medal and a No. 2 ranking in the nation.
— Gardner qualified for the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing after a runner-up performance in the 100 at the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championship. Her 4x100 meter relay team took silver.
— Gardner placed first in the 2016 United States Olympic Trials in the 100, running a personal-best 10.74.
— Gardner’s personal best in the 200 is 22.62, which came in 2013.