About Tom Ecker

Tom Ecker and Hans Lagerqvist in Munich Germany
Tom Ecker and Swedish Olympian, Hans Lagerqvist, returned to Munich, Germany, where they had participated in the 1972 Olympics.

Tom Ecker is the author of the book, Olympic Facts and Fables. He has extensive knowledge of the Olympic Games and the participants. He is an outstanding Keynote speaker for conferences and presents interesting programs for cruise ships and other clients.

Tom Ecker first became fascinated with the sport of track and field at the age of 12 when he was selected to run on a relay team in the annual elementary school track meet in his hometown of Waverly, Iowa. The meet, which was always held on the town's half-mile horse track, was postponed because of rain and as yet has not been rescheduled.

Six years later, as a high school athlete, Ecker won eight individual state track and field championships, setting state records in seven of them. As a member of the University of Iowa track team, he won Big Ten and Drake and Kansas Relays titles.

Ecker has coached track and field at the junior high, high school, university and international levels. He coached for four years at Western Kentucky University, where he was named Conference Coach of the Year all four years. He then served as National Coach of Sweden for two years.

The author of 18 books, including two on the modern Olympics, Ecker has traveled the world, collecting little-known facts about the Games and its participants. The research for his most recent book, Olympic Facts and Fables, took 31 years.

The dictionary defines a raconteur as a person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly. Ecker is a raconteur in the fullest sense. His humor and expert knowledge of the Olympics make him one of the best, most entertaining and downright funny speakers that audiences can relate to, learn from and enjoy.

Ecker began lecturing on the Olympics in 1968, and since then has continued to add fascinating new information to his talks. His informative and entertaining presentations have been heard in most of the states in the U.S. and in many foreign countries.

A retired school administrator, Ecker now spends his time doing Olympic research, teaching Olympic courses for California State University, and lecturing on cruise ships.

In 1997 Ecker was inducted into the Western Kentucky University Hall of Fame. Ecker was Western Kentucky University's first full time track coach.

In 2004 Ecker was inducted into the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Hall of Fame.

Tom has attended Sweden's Idrottsgalen, the prestigious national awards dinner held for Sweden's top athletes, as a guest of Kjell Isaksson, 5-time pole vault world record holder and former member of the Olympic team which Tom coached.

Contact Tom for more information about his presentations and his books.