1999 USATF ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY (written by Jeff Hollobaugh)
Born: April 9, 1958, in San Francisco, Ca
Current Residence: South San Francisco, Ca
PRs: Shot Put 72-1.5 (1992)
High School: Capuchino HS, San Bruno, Ca '76
College: College of San Mateo '77; Skyline CC '78
Coach: Mike Lewis
1979: best of 57-10.
1980: best of 58-9.
1981: best of 59-10.
1982: best of 66-0.25 8th in USA Champs ranked #10 U.S. by T&FN.
1983: best of 66-3.25 10th in USA Champs.
1984: best of 69-8.75 4th in USA Champs 6th in Olympic Trials ranked #6 U.S. by T&FN.
1985: best of 69-11.5 2nd in USA Champs ranked #10 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN.
1986: best of 70-4.5 2nd in USA Champs; 13th in DT qualifying DT PR of 204-8 ranked #8 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN.
1987: best of 69-11.5 2nd in USA Champs silver in Pan-Am Games 13th in qualifying at World Champs ranked #9 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN.
1988: best of 70-1 won USA Indoor (68-11.25) 2nd in Olympic Trials 9th in Olympic Games ranked #10 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN.
1989: best of 69-11.5 4th in USA Champs ranked #7 in world (#4 U.S.) by T&FN.
1990: best of 64-2.5 3rd in USA Indoor (64-2.5) ranked #7 U.S. by T&FN.
1991: best of 63-9.25.
1992: best of 72-1.5 4th in Olympic Trials (67-7.5) ranked #4 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN.
1993: best of 65-4.75 5th in USA Indoor (63-11.75) 9th in USA Champs (60-0.5) ranked #9 U.S. by T&FN.
1994: best of 68-6.5 6th in USA Champs (65-4) ranked #5 in world (#5 U.S.) by T&FN.
1995: best of 67-6.25-DQ 3rd in USA Indoor (64-0.25) silver in Pan-Am Games (65-1.5) IAAF doping suspension as a result of a test on February 11; invalidating his results for the rest of the season.
1998: best of 67-11.75 4th in USA Champs (65-8.75) 5th at Goodwill Games (66-4.5) 6th in Edwardsville GP (65-2.25) ranked #10 in world (#5 U.S.) by T&FN.
The Rest of the Story: Started out as a discus thrower primarily in 1982, started training with friend Mike Smith, and improved his shot from 59-feet to 66-feet has said, "This is what I love to do. I don't want to do anything else. I'm just like Brian Oldfield--I'm a fossil. We're going to die doing this" formerly trained with Oldfield in the fall of 1989 he earned a four-year suspension from the sport for competing in then-banned South Africa. Said he went to South Africa because his wife would die if she didn't have an operation. The surgery cost $15,000, and he made $20,000 in South Africa despite the ban, he was allowed to throw in the indoor nationals in 1990, and returned to full competition by 1992 suspended from the sport again from 1995-97 on a doping suspension returned to competition in 1998.