Gator grad Grant Holloway clears academic hurdles on path to Paris Olympics

World champion and Olympian hurdler Grant Holloway is currently sprinting down the path to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Still, he recently cleared one hurdle that had been on the horizon since the prodigious athlete moved to Gainesville in 2016: completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida.

“I’ve always been a Gator fan, grew up a Gator fan, and when I had the opportunity to run track here… I just took it and ran with it,” Holloway explains. “My track career took off, but I always wanted to come back and make sure I finished my academics.”

Holloway won eight individual and three team NCAA titles for Florida before taking an extended break from school to compete professionally. He has secured an Olympic silver medal and five world titles so far and continues to strive for more. Yet, he managed to carve out time for his studies, finishing his education sciences degree program in May.

“Time management plays a huge part because I had to be ready for whatever was thrown my way,” Holloway notes in reference to juggling his schoolwork with his athletic career. “Whenever you have that free time, instead of just sitting on the couch watching TV, you gotta open up the laptop or the iPad and just slowly work away at it.


College of Education June 24, 2024