Perhaps overshadowed by the flash of Usain Bolt, Walter Dix has quietly emerged as the most consistent and solid U.S. sprinter. The former Florida State star won gold in both the 100 and 200 meters at the 2011 U.S. Track and Field Championships, and then went on to claim silver in both distances at the 2011 World Championships.
As the second-fastest woman in history, behind only Florence Griffith-Joyner, U.S. sprinter Carmelita Jeter knows a thing or two about running fast. And in 2011, she really hit her stride, claiming three medals at the World Championships, including the gold in the women's 100 meters, and earning the Diamond League title in both the 100 and 200 meters.
For American hurdler Jason Richardson, 2011 was definitely a breakthrough season. After finishing a disappointing third in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Outdoor Championships, Richardson exploded onto the international stage by taking the gold medal at the World Championships.
After an exceptional college career at the University of Florida, 10-time All-American triple jumper Christian Taylor burst onto the international track and field scene in 2011. After winning the U.S. title, Taylor marked his World Championship debut with a gold-medal performance. The 21-year-old American jumped a world-leading 58 feet, 11 ¼ inches to beat defending champion Phillips Idowu.