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Mark Anderson

Host: Dr. James Dobson

November 01, 2021

Weighing a mere 144 pounds and standing 5 feet, 9 inches, Mark Anderson began his track & field career at the age of 16. Despite the tragic suicide of his father and the physical abuse he endured from his stepfather, he went on to become the U.S. #1 ranked decathlete, and was America's gold-medal hope for the 1984 Summer Olympics. On today's classic edition of Family Talk, Mark shares about his $2,000-a-day cocaine habit, born out of pride and emotional pain, and how Jesus pulled him out of addiction and into a new life in Him.

Meet the Guest


Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is the founder and president of Vision for Victory Ministries. He was twice ranked the No. 1 U.S. decathlete and was the top hope for the 1984 Summer Olympics. After retiring from the sport, Mark earned a reputation as a keynote speaker, consultant and personal growth coach. He has worked with a variety of individuals and organizations, including amateur, collegiate and professional athletes, businesses, schools, youth agencies and community organizations. Today, he is recognized internationally as a dynamic motivational speaker and inspiring communicator. Mark is married to Susan and they have one daughter, Shae, who is also an outstanding track and field athlete, and represented the United States at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

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