Chryste Gaines
Personal information
Full nameChryste Dionne Gaines
BornSeptember 14, 1970 (1970-09-14) (age 53)
Lawton, Oklahoma, U.S.
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta 4x100 metres relay
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney 4x100 metres relay
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1995 Gothenburg 4x100 metres relay
Gold medal – first place 1997 Athens 4x100 metres relay
Silver medal – second place 2003 Paris 4x100 metres relay
Disqualified 2001 Edmonton 4x100 metres relay
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1995 Mar del Plata 100 metres

Chryste Dionne Gaines (born September 14, 1970, in Lawton, Oklahoma) is an American Olympic athlete who competed mainly in the sprints.


Gaines is a 1988 graduate of South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, Texas.[1]

During her senior year, Gaines was named the Gatorade National High School Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Gaines received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1992 and an MBA from Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University in 2007.

Track and Field

While at Stanford, Gaines was the 1992 NCAA indoor champion in the 55 meter sprint and the 1992 NCAA outdoor champion at 100 meters.[2] She was the first person to win the conference 100 meter championship three times.[3]

Gaines competed for the United States in Atlanta's 1996 Summer Olympics. In the 4 x 100 metres, she won the gold medal with teammates Gail Devers, Inger Miller and Gwen Torrence.

She returned to Sydney for the 2000 Summer Olympics as the sole survivor of the 4 x 100 meters team. Teamed with Marion Jones Torri Edwards and Nanceen Perry, the Americans earned a bronze medal.

Gaines's best time in the 100 meters was 10.86 seconds (run in 2003).

Gaines successfully competed until 2008.[4]

Doping allegations

In 2003, Gaines was issued a Public Warning and had her results disqualified for the detection of Modafinil.[5] The same year she was investigated as part of the BALCO scandal and in 2004 she received a two-year doping ban.[6]

Because of a teammate's steroid use, the IOC tried to force the 4x100 relay team to return their bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics. Gaines and her five teammates would successfully appeal.[7]

Honors and awards

Gaines was the 1987-88 Gatorade National Track & Field Athlete of the Year, an award that goes to one high school girl each year from around the country.[8]

In 2009, she was named one of 10 “Women Out Front,” a leadership award given by Georgia Tech, where she was an academic advisor.[9]

In 2018, she was named to the 10-person inaugural class of the Dallas Independent School District's Athletic Hall of Fame.[10]


Gaines has coached at the high school and college level.[11] As of 2018, Gaines was the track and field and cross country coach at Heritage High School in Frisco, Texas.[12]

See also


  1. ^ "My High School: South Oak Cliff," The Dallas Morning News sports section online.
  2. ^ "Chryste GAINES".
  3. ^ "Powell Named Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Year; Allice Men's Coach of the Year".
  4. ^ "Chryste GAINES".
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 25, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2012.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "IAAF: Medical anti-doping -" (PDF). Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  7. ^ "US relay runners win Olympic medals appeal". ESPN. Associated Press. April 10, 2008.
  8. ^ "Gatorade® National Track & Field Athletes of the Year: Abraham Hall and Shelbi Vaughan" (Press release).
  9. ^ "Tech Basketball Hosts Fifth-Annual Women Out Front Celebration". 17 February 2009.
  10. ^ "Who is Dallas ISD's greatest athlete of all time?". 20 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Olympic Gold Medalist and Coach Chryste Gaines on Recruiting for Juniors".
  12. ^ "Heritage Coach Selected for Dallas ISD Athletics Hall of Fame".