1999 USATF ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY (written by Jeff Hollobaugh)

Gregg Tafralis

GREGG TAFRALIS

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

Height: 6-0

Weight: 285

Coach: Mike Lewis

Agent: self

Club: unattached

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.

1996-7: suspended

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.