The Olympic track athlete, Roman William Cress was the first-ever Marshallese track athlete to compete in Olympics. He was part of the summer Olympics held in the year 2008 at Beijing.
Roman was born to father Robert Cress and mother Margina Cress. His father was a Peace Corps Volunteer at the Marshal Islands. His mother was the permanent resident of the Island. Robert was there for some years and had to shift to his new army camp after some time. Roman has been to the island about eight times in his lifetime.
Roman's Early Life
Roman was born on 2nd August, 1977 in Kaven, Marshall Island. Although he was born in Marshall Island, he had to leave the birthplace after 10 months. His father was posted to some other army camp. He grew up in South Minneapolis.
His father, Robert (Bob) Cress, a Minnesotan native was a Peace Corps volunteer while his mother, Margina Aikne was the daughter of a fisherman. The couple married in 1974. Roman is the second of four children born to his parents.
Roman started his school from South High School. After completion of high school, he joined University of St. Thomas. He graduated from the university in 2003 with Bachelor of Science, Health Promotion. It was the same place where he made track records for racing.
College runner to Olympics
Before his graduation from the university, Roman had already won 2 silver medals for 200-meter race in the year, 1999 with South Pacific Games within 21.89 seconds. He won another silver for 200-meter race in the year 2002 at Micronesian Games within 22.43 seconds.
Roman was at the prime at this point in his life however, he could not make it to Olympics in the year 2000. He then worked and trained for more than 4 years. His hard work paid off in the year, 2006 at Micronesian Games. He became third in the 100 m race and became 1st in the 200-meter race within 22.66 seconds.
Cress was selected for the Olympics which was going to be held in Beijing in 2008. He could not give his best as he ranked 8th at the end of the race. Roman became 2nd in both 100 meters and 200-meter race in Micronesian Games held in 2010.
Roman's last appearance for the sprint game came in the year, 2011. In the Oceania Champions, he had a god end to his athlete life. Cress managed to become 2nd in the 100-meter race and won gold in the 200 meters. After since then, He is not found to be competing for any national and international games.
Roman Cress Now
He worked as an administrative assistant in his district for more than 6 years from 2005 to 2011. Alongside working as an assistant, He worked as a Health Screener for Summit Health, Inc for 3 years in between 2010 and 2013.
Roman joined Minneapolis Public Schools as Dean of Students in the year 2012. Cress worked in the post for 1 year alongside he joined Prairie Seeds Academy and worked as Head Track and Field Coach. He was then promoted as Head Cross Country Coach and then on to Strength ad Conditioning Coach within 3 years.
Roman has been working as the Academic Support Program Assistant with Robbin's dale Area School ( in Minnesota) since August 2014. In the year, 2016 he was recruited as SEL Coordinator by Minneapolis Public School and has been working till date.
The Olympian Player has been elected as the Board Member of Minnesota Community Care since February 2018. He is also the member Board of Directors in West Side Community Health Services.
Roman Cress' Modeling Career
Roman has switched from an athlete to a Male Model for various modeling agencies. Caryn Agency, Moore Creative, Wehmann Models, Meredith Agency, etc are few of the modeling agencies to whom he has been working for.
Roman can be seen featuring various advertisements. He is the owner of Paint-A-model. It is the premier provider for the fitness modeling combined with art and entertainment.
Roman is a happily married man and with his wife, he has two children, a daughter and a son. Mariana Cress is his eldest daughter and there is not mentioned his sons' information. Mariana shares a common background of her father as a runner.
Roman's Net Worth
Roman has an estimated net worth of $3 Million. As a former internationally recognized athlete, he is living a lavish and happy lifestyle. He is an active social media user. He keeps posting photos of going on a family vacation to various famous destination sites around the United States.
He has been earning a huge sum of money through the modeling agencies. He has been linked with various Organization which pays him a handsome amount of money. Roman was recently introduced as the Hall Of Fame in the University of St. Thomas.
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