Leo Manzano came to the United States at age 5 from Guanajuato, Mexico. Because his parents did not speak English, he would translate documents that arrived in the mail and speak on their behalf to landlords.
When Leo first tried out for track at age 13, he arrived wearing boots and jeans. Although his talent was quickly apparent, Leo’s parents required him to get a job in order to participate; hard work was prized in the Manzano household.
Ultimately, Leo’s ability earned him a track scholarship to the University of Texas, where he won five NCAA Championships. As a professional, Leo became a two-time Olympian and the first high-profile athlete signed by the breakthrough Hoka One One brand. In 2012, Leo earned an Olympic silver medal in the 1,500 meter run, making him the first American to medal in the event since 1968.
Today, Leo is among the sport’s most celebrated figures, credited with helping to breathe new life into American track and field.