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Joanne Dow

Joanne Dow

Event: Race Walk
Height: 5-8
Weight: 132
PR: 10km Walk - 45:36.92 (1998); 20km Walk - 1:32:55 (2004)
Born: 03/19/1964
Current Residence: Manchester, N.H.
Hometown:
High School: Trinity HS (N.H.) '82
College: New Hampshire '86
Coach: Rob Hopppler
Agent: Self
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USA Championships
2008 Olympic Trials champion (1:35:11)
Three-time USA Outdoor champion – 1998 (47:07); 2002 (1:34:47); 2006 (1:35:21)
Five-time USA Indoor champion – 1999; 2002 (13:05.72); 2003 (13:07.68); 2004 (12:36.76); 2006 (12:45.05)
2008 USA Indoor runner-up (13:09.61)
 
International Championships
2003 Pan Am bronze medalist (1:35:48)
 
About Joanne
Dow continues to be one of the top female race walkers in the U.S. She won the USA Indoor and Outdoor titles in 2006, repeating a feat she accomplished in 2002. Her 20 km time at Outdoors established a new U.S. record on the track (1:34:46.52). She ran track as a sprinter in her first two years of high school, but her primary sport was swimming. She swam freestyle for three years at New Hampshire, competing in the NCAA Division II nationals in the relay. Dow earned a degree in business management and she now teaches fitness classes and does personal training. In 1994, while teaching a fitness walking class, she met some members of the Northeast Walkers and became interested in race walking. At a clinic at Niagara Falls, walk expert Martin Rudow told her she had the potential to race with the best women if she decided to train. She won her first national title four years later. Dow says that race walking is ‘just a piece of my life…the priority is on being a wife and a mom.’ She’s married to Tim Dow and has two children: Hannah (born 1989) and Timmy (born 1992).
Other Results
2012:  5th at Olympic Trials (1:38:20.20); 5th at USA Indoor Championships (13:59.56)
2010: USA Outdoors runner-up (1:43:18.14).
2009: 2nd at USA Outdoors (1:39:59).
2008: 31st at Olympic Games (1:34:15); Olympic Trials champion (1:35:11); USA Indoor runner-up (13:09.61).
2007: 1st at Chula Vista (1:34.21).
2006: USA Outdoor champion (1:35:20); 1st at Hauppauge (1:34:47); USA Indoor champion (12:45.05); 34th at IAAF World Race Walking Cup (1:36:14).
2005: 3rd at USA Outdoor Champs (1:37:14) 1st at Hauppauge (1:37:04).
2004: USA Indoor 3,000m RW champion (12:36.76); Olympic Trials 20 km racewalk runner-up (1:38:42); 1st at Chula Vista (1:32:55); 1st at Overland Park.
2003: USA Indoor 3,000m RW champion (13:07.68); 24th at World Outdoor Championships (1:36.32); 2nd at USA Outdoors (1:34:57.79); 3rd at Pan American Games 20 km (1:35:48); best of 1:34:57.79.
2002: Won U.S. Indoor 3 km RW (13:05.72); won USA Outdoor 20km RW (1:34:46.52); 50th at World Cup (1:41.00).
2000: 4th at Olympic Trials (1:36:17).
1999: Won national indoor 3,000-meter title; 2nd at USA Outdoors 20km; 5th at Pan Am 20km; dq at World Champs.
1998: 2nd in 3000m Walk at USA Indoor (12:56.38 PR); won USA Outdoors (47:07); 3rd in Goodwill Games (45:36.92).
1997: 4th in USA Outdoors.
1996: 10th in Olympic Trials.
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2010: Indoor bests – 3,000m walk, 14:01.53; Outdoor bests – 5,000m walk, 22:19.91; 20,000m walk 1:43:18.14
2009: Indoor bests – 3,000m walk, 13:04.28; Outdoor bests – 5,000m walk, 23:17.33; 20,000m walk, 1:39.59.32 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 11 in the world)
2008: Outdoor bests – 20km walk, 1:34:15 (No. 1 in the USA)
2007: Outdoor bests – 20km walk, 1:34:21 (No. 1 in the USA)
2006: Indoor bests – 3,000m walk, 12:44.89 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 7 in the world); Outdoor bests – 20km walk, 1:34:46 (No. 1 in the USA)
2005: Outdoor bests – 5km walk, 22:36; 20km walk, 1:37:04 (No. 1 in the USA)
2004: Indoor bests – 3,000m walk, 12:36.76 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 9 in the world); Outdoor bests – 20km walk, 1:32:54 (No. 1 in the USA)
2003: Indoor bests – 3,000m walk, 12:58.84 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 22 in the world); Outdoor bests – 20km walk, 1:34:58 (No. 1 in the USA)
2002: Outdoor bests – 20km walk, 1:41:00
2000: Outdoor bests – 20km walk, 1:36:17
1999: Indoor bests – 3,000m walk, 12:44.90 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 9 in the world)
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