LONDON — Members of the U.S. track team placed a premium on experience when they chose a pair of four-time Olympians as captains of the men’s and women’s delegations for the London Games.
Angelo Taylor, who has won two gold medals in the 400-meter hurdles and a third gold in the 4x400 relay, and 35-year-old discus thrower Aretha Thurmond were honored by their teammates in voting made public via Twitter on Tuesday. A USA Track and Field spokeswoman confirmed the selections late Tuesday.
Sprinter Wallace Spearmon Jr. (@PrinceSpearmon) took credit for having nominated each of the successful candidates. “Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Captain America,” Spearmon tweeted.
The selections were confirmed by the athletes on Twitter. "It's truly an honor," said Thurmond (@ArethaThrows). Taylor (@Angelo_Taylor) thanked Spearmon for the nomination.