Walter Dix Biography

December 26, 2019
First published on:December 26, 2019
by John Max

Facts of Walter Dix

Birth Name Walter Dix
Birth Place Coral Springs, Florida, U.S.
Famous Name Walter Dix
Birth Date January 31, 1986
Father Plinnie Dix
Mother Washington
Net Worth $1 million
Siblings Alex and William
Nationality American
Ethnicity Afro-American
Profession Retired American sprinter

Walter Dix is a retired sprinter who specialized in the 100 meters and 200 meters. A professional since 2008, he played until 2012 following his career-ending injury at the 2012 Olympics trials.

Born on January 31, 1986, Dix is the fifth-fastest 200-meter runner ever with a best of 19.53 seconds who has also broken the 10-second barrier in the 100 meters, with a best of 9.88 seconds. Moreover, he has won the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in 100m and 200m. 

Net Worth

With four years of career as a professional as sprinters, Walter Dix has earned a decent sum of money. As per the source, annual pays as high as $263,500 and as low as $21,500, the majority of Sprinter Van Owner Operator salaries range between $32,000 (25th percentile) to $94,500 (75th percentile) across the United States. 

As reported, he won 70,000 each winning two bronze medals at the 2008 Olympic Games. 

Dix in the Nike Pro TurboSpeed suit SOURCE: Facebook

Besides, Dix signed a sponsorship deal with Nike in 2008 worth around $1,000,000 per annum. As described by his agent, it was the largest deal ever for a track athlete just coming out of college. 

Since Dix has already retired from his career in 2012, his current income generating source is yet to be revealed. As of 2019, his net worth is believed to be around $1 million

Posed Nude In The 2012 Body Issue

In the stunning 2012 edition of ESPN magazine's Body Issue, Walter Dix posed nude.

CAPTION: Walter Dix Posed Nude SOURCE: ESPN

Further, Ronda Rousey, Daniela Hanchukova, Maya Gabiera, and Rob Gronkowski are among the athletes who also posed for ESPN The Magazine's fourth annual The Body Issue. 


Walter Dix was born as one of three sons born to Washington and Plinnie Dix. His father, who is a former sprinter, currently serves as an assistant principal and track coach at New River Middle School. His mother, on the other hand, is a high school teacher.

His two elder brothers, Alex and William, also were track runners. 


Dix at eighteen has set a state record in the 100 m and trying out for the US Olympic Team. Further, he joined Florida State University, where he broke the 100 m American junior record as well as won at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in his first year.

Moreover, he continued with his collegiate success, recording an NCAA record of 19.69 seconds in the 200 m and coming within one-hundredth of the 100 m record. 

Since mid-2008, he turned professional and signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Nike. That same year, he reached the Olympic finals in the 100 and 200 m, winning two bronze medals. 

In 2011 Dix was both the 100 and 200 m American champion and won silver medals in the events at the 2011 World Championships. At the 2012 Olympic trials, he suffered a career-ending injury. 

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