Track & Field
Served as envoy
- 2020 – Japan
Trotter exploded on the Elite Track and Field scene in 2004. That year, she would win the prestigious NCAA title and become an Olympic finalist in the 400 meters, finishing fifth overall. Her Olympic debut was capped by a gold medal on the 4x400m relay, and she concluded the year ranked fourth in the world.
The 2004 season turned out to be the tip of Trotter’s athletic success. DeeDee is a three-time World Champion as a member of the 2003, 2007 and 2010 4x400m relay teams, a three-time 400m U.S. Champion and a three-time Olympian, which is an accomplishment that ranks her amongst the greatest female athletes in the world.
For the vast majority of DeeDee Trotter’s career, she has been considered by most to be the underdog. She would learn to use this imposed title as sheer motivation to propel herself to many unpredicted triumphs. In 2007, DeeDee pulled off a stunning upset defeating the #1 world-ranked Sanya Richards Ross, a victory that earned DeeDee her first Outdoor National Championship title. Although many were stunned by the aforementioned victory, DeeDee was not. Throughout her career, her strong belief in God, as well as her talent, carried her to heights many did not think were possible. To cap the season, Trotter would receive a nomination for “Breakthrough Performance of The Year” at the USA Track & Field Jessie Owens Awards, a much-respected honor among the sport. She also would reclaim her spot among the top 400m runners in the world. Through her experiences, DeeDee feels extremely blessed to share her medals and motivational truth with people all over the world, a gift she says “is worth its weight in gold!”