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Former middle-distance runner, Paul McMullen, died during a ski accident. Few other details are available about the 49-year-old Michigan native.

His 1500m personal best was 3:33.89.

He is originally from a town in Michigan called Cadillac. He went on to compete for Eastern Michigan University. While there he became an eight-time NCAA All-American for the Eagles.

He won the 1996 Olympic Trials.

Tributes pour in over social media

He was a feisty competitor and demonstrated good range with personal bests of 1:45.71 in the 800m and 13:59.40. In 1996 and in 1998 he won the outdoor 1500m and mile USATF championships. Both events took place in Atlanta, GA.

Nick Willis tweeted, “We drive through Cadillac, Mi about 30 times a year, and everytime I think about Paul McMullen–the 1500m Olympian who grew up there. Terribly sad to learn of his passing today. I was fortunate to train with Paul for two seasons. One of a kind. Very sad. He will be dearly missed.” @nickwillis

“Michiganders embrace blue collar work ethic. Northern Michigan takes that mentality & community pride to a another level. Nationally recognized distance runners have emerged from this environment. We’ve lost 3 of them way too early. Jeff Drenth, Ryan Shay & now Paul McMullen. RIP” – Hansons Running @hansonsrun

“I am devastated to share the news that EMU Olympian Paul McMullen passed away yesterday from a skiing accident. Paul visited my dad last Thursday and was like a son to him. He was such a great person – always upbeat and positive. Sending deepest condolences to his family.” Sue Parks @SueP329

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