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Shalonda Soloman United States

Quick Facts

Represents: USA
Age: 28 (December 19, 1985)
College: South Carolina
Hometown: Inglewood, CA
Residence: Orlando, FL
Affiliation: Reebok
Coach: Lance Brauman
Personal Bests:
100m 11.90 (2010)
200m 22.15 (2011)
200m(i) 22.57 (2006)
300m(i) 36.45 (2009)

Career Highlights

  • 2011 USATF Champion, 200m
  • 2006 NCAA Champion 200m
  • 2006 NCAA Indoor Champion 200m
  • 2nd, 2010 IAAF Continental Cup, 100m
  • 2nd, 2010 USATF Outdoor Championships, 200m
  • 2nd, 2006 USATF Outdoor Championships, 200m
  • Ranked #8 in World for 2006
  • 2005 NCAA Indoor Champion 4x400m
  • 2004 World Junior Champion 200m, 4x100m
  • 2003 Pan Am Junior Champion 100m, 200m, 4x100m

Background

A graduate of track powerhouse Long Beach Poly in Long Beach, Calif., Shalonda – who hopes to someday follow in her mother Yolanda’s career footsteps – decided on the University of South Carolina in part for its strong nursing program. The honor of twice being named the Gatorade National High School Female Athlete of the Year (2003 and 2004) proved well-deserved when Shalonda became the NCAA Champion at 200 meters as a sophomore, capping an undefeated collegiate season at the distance. Then, just weeks later, she finished second at 200 meters at the US Championships after also making the 100-meter final.

Solomon’s junior season was curtailed by a strained left quadriceps muscle, so she was unable to defend her 200m title. The injury, now healed, gave her some added insight into the career of an athlete. “You will have your ups and downs,” she told South Carolina athletes at the press conference to announce she was turning pro, “so remain close to those who love you so you can receive their support when you have those downs.”