Archie Hahn developed his running style while a boy running in the hills around Dodgeville. Hahn refined them in a variety of amateur competitions and then excelled in the Olympics. In 1904, he won four Gold Medals in Olympic sprints and along with Carl Lewis is one of only two sprinters to ever win the 100-meter spring in back-to-back Olympic Games. After competing at Michigan, he ran for the Milwaukee Athletic Club track team.
In 1908, Hahn entered coaching and participated in an ill-fated professional track attempt. He coached at several schools on both coasts and eventually at Michigan, Princeton and Virginia.