Manteo Mitchell quickly became a story at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Running for Team USA in the prelims of the 4x400m relay, Mitchell suffered a broken leg. When most would have quit, Mitchell finish his leg of the relay and helped Team USA to the fastest time ever run in the prelims in the event at the Olympic Games. They would go on to win a silver medal. After the Games when he traveled to the White House, President Obama told Mitchell it was one of his favorite stories from the Games. It was Mitchell's second championship medal in the 4x400m in 2012 after also winning gold at the World Indoor Championships.
A graduate of Western Carolina University, he broke numerous school records and reached the NCAA Outdoor Championship three out of four years. He is Western Carolina University’s first Olympian. Mitchell loves food and lists Hibachi Chicken with fried rice as his favorite.
Mitchell is an avid fan of music. Tank, Keri Hilson, Lil’ Wayne and Mint Condition are his favorite artists. He considers his mother his role model. In his spare time he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, flag-football and traveling.