NEW YORK, January 4, 2017 – Eleven Olympic gold medalists from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games are among the confirmed entries for the 110th NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center on Feb. 11.
“USATF had a history-making performance in Rio,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “It is only fitting that so many medalists from our 2016 team compete at the most historic indoor meet in the world.”
One of the best fields in the history of the NYRR Millrose Games promises to once again to be a hot ticket and a rare New York City opportunity to see so many stars from Rio as they begin building up to the 2017 IAAF World Championships.
Three reigning Olympic hurdles champions — Americans Brianna Rollins (100 meters) and Dalilah Muhammad (400 meters) and Jamaican Omar McLeod (110 meters) — lead the parade of champions. Shaunae Miller from the Bahamas, who dove across the finish line to win gold in the women’s 400 meters final, is also entered.
Long jump champions Jeff Henderson and Tianna Bartoletta, both of the U.S., men’s high jump champion Derek Drouin of Canada, and women’s pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece all come to Millrose riding a wave of Olympic glory. Sprinters Courtney Okolo, Phyllis Francis and Natasha Hastings were teammates on the U.S. women’s gold-medal winning 4×400 relay.
“Eleven gold medalists, with a surprise possible 12th committing, must make this year’s NYRR Millrose Games a world record in itself,”Armory Foundation President Dr. Norbert Sander said. “The Olympic Games is the feature story of this, the 110th edition of the world’s most historic indoor track & field meet.”
About the NYRR Millrose Games
With a storied history that spans more than a century, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field’s most prestigious and enduring annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games—established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store—feature track and field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate, high school, club and youth competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic champions. In November of 2013, New York Road Runnersbecame the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is hosted by the Armory Foundation.