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Event: Hammer Throw
Height: 5-11
Weight: 220
PRs: HT - 68.28m/224-0 (2000); SP - 18.04m/59-2.25 (1998)
April 20, 1975 in Tooele, Utah
Current Residence: Grantsville, Utah
High School: Grantsville HS (Utah) '93
College: Brigham Young '98
Coach: Tapio Kuusela
Agent: self
Club: New York AC

Career Highlights: 2nd at 2000 Olympic Trials; 8th at 2000 Olympics.

Palmer started in the sport when her best friend's dad, a runner, suggested she try the throws. She went out for track halfway through her freshman season in high school and ended up winning 10 Utah state titles. She was also all-state in volleyball... maiden name was Christiansen... married high school sweetheart Rick Palmer on January 30, 1998. Palmer currently provides daycare for a nephew and works at a fitness center, training at home after work or commuting to Provo several times a week for sessions with BYU throws coach Tapio Kuusela... trained with one goal in mind for 2000: "I've always wanted to make the Olympic team" Achieved her goal when she made her first Olympic team. Plans to concentrate on the hammer, but continue to dabble in the shot and discus: "for cross training."

2000: 8th in HT at Olympics 66.14m/217-0.50... 2nd at Olympic Trials 66.32m/217-7... ranked #8 in world (#2 U.S) at HT by T&FN... best of 68.28m/224-0 (PR).
1999: 11th at USA Outdoors (192-3) of 220-7.
1998: Won WAC Indoor SP (59-2.25 PR) and WT (66-7.25)...2nd in NCAA Indoor SP (56-8.75), 3rd in WT (68-10 PR)...won WAC HT (206-3), 2nd in SP (55-5.75)...2nd at NCAA HT (208-3), 4th in SP (57-3.5)...2nd at USA Outdoors HT (209-0)...3rd in Commonwealth Games HT (217-7)... ranked #4 in world (#1 U.S.) at HT by T&FN; #6 U.S. in of 59-2.25 and 220-1, plus 170-3 (DT).
1997: 6th in USA Outdoors SP (55-0.25); no mark in HT qualifying...ranked #9 in U.S. in SP and HT by T& of 55-0.25 and 203-3.
1996: Won WAC Indoor SP (55-7 PR) and WT (65-9.75 PR)...4th in NCAA Indoor SP (54-11.5); 3rd in WT (61-11.5)...won WAC SP (55-11.25) and HT (185-4 PR)...4th in NCAA SP (55-3.5); 10th in HT (182-10)...5th in Olympic Trials SP (57-7.5 PR); 29th in HT qualifying (158-3)...ranked #7 in U.S. at SP by T& of 57-7.5 and 185-4.
1995: Won WAC Indoor SP (52-8), WT (53-6.25)...5th in NCAA Indoor SP (52-4)...won WAC SP (52-4), 2nd in HT (163-7 PR)...5th in NCAA SP (53-7.5)...6th in SP at USA Outdoors (51-7.75); 30th in HT qualifying...ranked #6 U.S. in SP by T& of 53-8.5 and 163-7.
1994: 2nd in WAC Indoor SP (46-2.75)...won WAC SP (49-10)...8th in NCAA SP (50-4.5)...won USA Junior SP (51-3 PR); 10th in DT (133-2); 7th in JT (136-4)...11th in World Junior SP (49-5)... best of 51-3 (SP).
1993: Won Utah HS state titles in SP, DT, and of 47-4.5.
1992: Best of 44-0 (SP).