HOKA ONE ONE is proud to announce the signing of 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano, who specializes in the 1500-meter and mile distances, to a multi-year agreement.
Manzano, 29, was a five-time NCAA Champion at the University of Texas, and has been ranked among the top three milers in the U.S. for the past seven years. A model of consistency, he has made every U.S. Olympic and World Championships team since 2007.
Known for his signature kick, Manzano was in sixth place coming off the final turn at the London Olympics before storming up the homestretch to earn a silver medal—the first Olympic medal of any kind for the U.S. at 1500 meters since Jim Ryun in 1968.
As part of his new relationship with HOKA ONE ONE, a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Manzano will play a key role in the company's development of its first racing flats and spikes.
"I'm honored to represent HOKA ONE ONE. I feel blessed to have connected with such a game-changing and innovative company that is led by runners who understand the needs of runners," said Manzano. "I hope to leverage this opportunity to showcase how HOKA's brilliantly engineered products benefit runners of all distances."
"Adding Leo to the HOKA family elevates our brand visibility and is a testament to the momentum we are gaining in the highly competitive running industry," said Jim Van Dine, HOKA ONE ONE Brand President. "Leo is not only an Olympian and track-and-field all-star, he's also a person with great integrity and character. We look forward to closely collaborating with Leo on product development—specifically racing spikes and flats."
Until now known primarily for its remarkable success in ultra-marathon and trail-running communities with its revolutionary oversized cushioned shoes, HOKA ONE ONE recently received the 2014 Competitor Magazine Fit, Feel, Ride Award for Best Innovation for its newest shoe, the Conquest for men and women, designed for runners of all distances.
Manzano's relationship with HOKA was negotiated and will be managed by Hawi Keflezighi of HAWI Management.
About HOKA ONE ONE
HOKA ONE ONE was founded in 2009 by Jean-Luc Diard and Nicolas Mermoud and was created to design shoes that offer improved performance, primarily for ultrarunners. Deckers Outdoor Corp. acquired the brand in late 2012 and is investing to broaden the product line to service all runners.