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DEBBI LAWRENCE
Events: Race Walk
Height: 5-9
Weight: 135
PRs: 10km Walk - 44:42 (1992); 20km Walk - 1:33.48 (2000)
Born: October 15, 1961, in Columbus, Ind.
Current Residence: Kenosha, Wis.
High School: Bradford HS (Kenosha, Wis.) '79
Colleges: Gateway Tech '81; Wisconsin-Parkside '83
Coach: self
Agent: Don Lawrence
Club: Nike

Career Highlights: 3-time Olympian ('92, '96, '00); 1988, 8-time U.S. Outdoor champion ('84, '86, '90, '91, '92, '93, '96, '97); 4-time U.S. Indoor champion ('92, '93, '94, '97); 1991 Pan American Games 10kW silver medalist.

Originally a runner, Lawrence won the 1500 at the 1982 NAIA Championships under her maiden name of Debbi Spino. The following January, a knee injury cropped up, and she tried walking while rehabilitating it; her future husband, Don Lawrence, helped her...in May 1983 she placed 3rd in the 3,000m run at the NAIA meet, but damaged her knee again and had to give up running... she married Lawrence that year...says it took her three years to learn to love walking: 'I really, really hated it.'

2002: Did not finish at USA Outdoors.
2001:
4th at USA 20k Champs (1:38:41) 19th at World Champs (1:37.57) ranked #3 in U.S by T&FN best of 1:37.57.
2000: 3rd at Olympic Trials (1:33:48)... 44th at Olympics (1:47:20)...3rd at USA Indoor 3000W (13:26.06)... ranked #3 in U.S. in 20kW by T&FN... best of 1:33:48.
1999: Did not compete.
1998: 3rd in USA 10kmW Champs (48:35)...5th at Goodwill Games (47:36.97)...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 46:41.
1997: Won 3000W at USA Indoor (13:14.24)...won USA 10kmW champs (46:45.36)... ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 46:45.36.
1996: Won 10kmW in Olympic Trials...20th in Olympic Games...ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 45:32.
1995: 3rd in USA 10kmW Champs (45:45.92)...24th in World Champs (45:03)...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 45:03.
1994: Won 3000W at USA Indoor (13:13.20)...4th in USA 10kmW Champs...ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 47:16.
1993: Won 3000W at USA Indoor (12:35.79)...disqualified in 3000W at World Indoor after AR 12:20.79 heat...won USA 10kmW Champs (45:55)...37th in World Champs (48:53)...ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 45:55.
1992: Won 3000W at USA Indoor (12:47.51)...won Olympic 10kmW Trials...26th in Olympic Games (48:23)...ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 44:42.
1991: Won USA 10kmW Champs (46:06.36)...silver in 10kmW at Pan-Am Games...15th in Eschborn Cup (46:13)...19th in World Champs (45:58)...ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN... best of 45:29.
1990: Won USA 10kmW Champs (46:14.4)...ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 45:34.
1989: 41st in Eschborn Cup (48:10)...4th in USA 10kmW Champs...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN... best of 47:46.
1988: Won Olympic Trials 10kmW...ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 46:44.
1987: 3rd in USA 10kmW Champs...20th in World Champs 10kmW (47:31)...31st in Eschborn Cup (48:16)...won USA 15kmW Champs (1:13:40)...ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 47:33.
1986: Won USA 10kmW Champs (50:28.86)...won USA 20kmW Champs (1:46:07)... ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 49:06.
1985: 3rd in USA 10kmW Champs...29th in Eschborn Cup (50:29)...best of 50:26.
1984: Won USA 10kmW Champs (51:00.3)...best of 50:08.
1983: 2nd in USA 10kmW Champs...51st in Eschborn Cup (53:49)...best of 51:39.76.

12/18/02