Events: Shot Put, Discus
PRs: Shot Put 21.82/71-7.25 (2000); Discus 67.46/221-4 (1999)
Born: August 11, 1973, in Stamford, Conn.
Current Residence: Vacaville, Calif.
High School: Niskayuna HS, Schenectady, NY '91
College: Wake Forest '96
Coach: Scott Bennett
Agent: Peter Stubbs
Career Highlights: 4th in SP at 2000 Olympics; 2000 Grand Prix Final SP champ; two-time national indoor SP champ ('99, '00); 4th in SP at 1999 World Outdoor Champs; 1999 World University Games SP champion; 1996 NCAA SP, DT champion.
Bloom has struggled with injuries since his outstanding 2000 season, but he looks for a bounce-back and good health in 2003In 2000, Bloom made his first Olympic team in the shot put after finishing a heartbreaking fourth in the discus at the 1996 Olympic Trials. He says he got into throwing the same way that everybody else did. I was trying to stay in shape for football, and I went out for track because that was the only way to get into the weight room in the spring. Threw a modest 44-9 as a prep junior, and in his senior indoor season improved all the way to 62-4.5, Thats when I started thinking that I could get a college scholarship for throwing. After giving up football at Wake Forest, Bloom won the NCAA SP/DT double in 1996, becoming the eighth man ever to do so. For now, Ive dedicated myself to throwing. Bloom has a hard time saying which event he likes better, the shot or the discus, and he and John Godina are the only two men currently contesting both at a world-class level. has a masters degree in mathematics education from Wake Forest got married after the Olympics before moving to Vacaville, where his wife, Terri, works as a softball coach at nearby Solano Community College in Suisun. Bloom is an assistant coach at UC-Davis. He and his wife Terri have a one-year-old daughter, Samantha Pearson and are expecting another baby in September.
13th at USA Outdoors
(56.95m/186-10)3rd at Salinas (61.48m/201-8)best of 61.48m/201-8.
2002: 4th at USA Indoors (20.02m/65-8.25).7th at USA Outdoors (20.16m/66-1.75)3rd in Seville (20.18m/66-2.50)3rd in Hengelo (20.09m/65-11)4th in Milan (20.05m/65-9.5)2nd at Salinas (19.90m/65-3.25)ranked #6 in SP in the U.S. by T&FNbest of 20.24m/66-5.
2001: 4th in SP (20.45/67-1.25) & 3rd in DT (62.98/206-7) at USA Outdoors did not make DT final at World Outdoors (56.32/184-9)3rd in SP at U.S. Indoors (20.45/67-1.25)2nd at Millrose Games (19.08/62-7.25)2nd at adidas Golden Spike Invitational (19.58/64-3)7th in DT at Prefontaine Classic (63.17/207-3)4th at Peregrine U.S. Open SP (19.53/64-1) & 4th in DT (65.11/213-7)...6th in SP at Goodwill Games (19.51/64-0.25) & 9th in DT (58.00/190-3)...ranked #4 in SP & #3 in DT in U.S. by T&FNbests of (20.94/68-8.5 & 66.17/217-1).
2000: 4th in SP at Olympics (68-5.75)...third at Olympic Trials (70-10.75)... won Grand Prix final with meet record throw 21.82 meters (71 feet 7.25 inches)... won USA Indoors for 2nd-straight time with a then PR of 70-10.5...ranked #2 in world and U.S...best of 71-7.25.
1999: Won USA Indoors SP... 4th in SP (66-9.25); 3rd in DT (214-1) at USA Outdoors... 4th in SP (68-8.75) at World Champs...1st in SP and 2nd in DT at World University Games...ranked #5 in world (#3 U.S,) in SP and #5 in world (#2 U.S.) in DT by T&FN... bests of 69-8.5 and 221-4..
1998: 3rd in SP (66-11.25 PR) at USA Indoors...3rd in DT at USA Outdoors (217-11 PR)...2nd in DT (209-10) at Goodwill Games (209-10)...3rd in SP (67-1.25 PR) at Edwardsville GP...ranked #10 in world (#4 U.S.) in DT by T&FN; #6 U.S. in SP... bests of 67-1.25 and 217-11.
1997: 5th in SP at USA Indoors (65-8.25)...2nd in DT (214-3 PR) at USA Outdoors...16th in DT qualifying (199-3) at World Champs...2nd in DT (207-1) at World University Games...ranked #3 U.S. in DT by T&FN; ranked #7 U.S. in SP...bests of 66-3 and 214-3.
1996: 4th in DT (205-4) at Olympic Trials...won SP (65-0.5 PR) and DT (211-1) at NCAA Outdoors...won SP (61-6.75) and WT (60-7.25) at ACC Indoors...15th in SP (48-3.5) at NCAA Indoors...won SP (58-11.25) and DT (204-8) at ACCranked #4 U.S. in DT by T&FN; #9 U.S. in SPbests of 65-0.5 and 212-9.
1995: Won SP (60-10.75 PR) and DT (208-3 PR) at ACC...2nd in DT (191-8), 9th in SP (58-6) at NCAA Outdoors...7th in DT (190-10) at USA Outdoors...ranked #9 U.S. in DT by T&FN...bests of 60-10.75 and 208-3.
1994: Won SP (60-0.25) at ACC Indoors, 3rd in WT (54-7.25)...redshirted outdoors. bests of 60-1 and 184-3.
1993: Won SP (59-8.25) at ACC Indoors...13th in SP at NCAA Indoors (58-3.25)...won SP (59-0.25) and DT (181-7) at ACC...13th in SP (58-2) at NCAA Outdoors...bests of 59-9 and 181-7.
1992: 2nd in SP at ACC Indoors (55-6.25)...2nd in SP (56-1) at ACC Outdoors...2nd in SP (56-2.5) and DT (175-6) at USA Juniors...6th in DT (171-5), 9th in SP (56-4.5) at World Juniors... bests of 57-5.75 and 175-6.
1991: 3rd at New York HS state titles in shot, indoors and outdoors...bests of 64-2.5 and 202-9.