Leo Manzano, photo courtesy of HOKA ONE ONE
Editor's Note: If you were at the USATF Junior Olympic XC Nationals you may have gotten to meet Leo Manzano.For that reason we thought you might like to know about his big news of getting a shoe sponsor called HOKA ONE ONE.
Richmond, CA (April 10, 2014) HOKA ONE ONE® is proud to announce the signing of 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano, who specializes in the 1500-meter and mile distances, to a multi-year agreement.
Manzano, 29, was a five-time NCAA Champion at the University of Texas, and has been ranked among the top three milers in the U.S. for the past seven years. A model of consistency, he has made every U.S. Olympic and World Championships team since 2007. Known for his signature kick, Manzano was in sixth place coming off the final turn at the London Olympics before storming up the homestretch to earn a silver medal--the first Olympic medal of any kind for the U.S. at 1500 meters since Jim Ryun in 1968.
As part of his new relationship with HOKA ONE ONE, a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NASDAQ: DECK), Manzano will play a key role in the company's development of its first racing flats and spikes.
"I'm honored to represent HOKA ONE ONE. I feel blessed to have connected with such a game-changing and innovative company that is led by runners who understand the needs of runners," said Manzano. "I hope to leverage this opportunity to showcase how HOKA's brilliantly engineered products benefit runners of all distances."
"Adding Leo to the HOKA family elevates our brand visibility and is a testament to the momentum we are gaining in the highly competitive running industry," said Jim Van Dine, HOKA ONE ONE Brand President. "Leo is not only an Olympian and track-and-field all-star, he's also a person with great integrity and character. We look forward to closely collaborating with Leo on product development--specifically racing spikes and flats."