Famiglietti, Anthony

Dietz, Tom
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Famiglietti, Anthony

BEIJING - AUGUST 18: (L-R) Ezekiel Kemboi Yano of Kenya and Anthony Famiglietti of the United States compete in the Men's 3000m Steeplechase Final at the National Stadium on Day 10 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 18, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Anthony Famiglietti

Induction Year: 2012

Category: Track & Field

Location: Patchogue-Medford 

A Former track & field star at Patchogue-Medford High School, he who went on to become a two-time Olympian.

A six-time U.S. Champion, he won the gold medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2001 World University Games, and the bronze metal at the 2003 Pan Am games in the same event.

He has competed for the U.S. in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

He has competed in a variety of middle and long distance events, ranging from the 1500 meters/mile to the 10,000 meters. He is also famous for having trained alone in New York City for many years but currently trains in Davidson, North Carolina.

Famiglietti is the subject of the independent documentary Run Reckless, which was released at the Running Movie Festival in Eugene, Oregon, at the Olympic Trials EugeneFest.

After graduating from Pat-Med, Famiglietti attended Appalachian State University and the University of Tennessee, where he graduated in 2000.

At Appalachian State, Famiglietti was 1996 Southern Conference Freshman of the year in Cross Country and 1997 Southern Conference XC Runner of the Year runner-up. On the track, he was 1998 Southern Conference Champion in both the steeplechase and the 5000 meters.

In 1998, he transferred to Tennessee, where he placed 11th at the SEC Cross Country Championships and 75th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. In 1999, he was 6th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the steeplechase, and 8th in his heat at the U.S. Championships. In 2000, his final year of college, Fam was 2nd at the SEC Championships, 4th at the NCAA Championships, and 7th at the U.S. Olympic Trials, where he ran an 8:25.37.