PRs: Hammer 82.52/270-9 (1996)
Born: August 21, 1961, in Riverton, Wyo.
Current Residence: Eugene, Ore.
High School: Natrona HS, Casper, Wyo. '79
College: Montana State '84
Coach: Stewart Togher
Agent: Flynn Sports Management
Club: New York AC
Career Highlights: 1996 Olympic silver medalist; 4-time Olympian (88-00); 2-time Pan Am Games champion; 2nd at 1989, 1994 World Cup; 5th at 1995 World Champs; 2nd at 1998 Goodwill Games; Indoor weight throw world record holder (84-10.5); Nine-time USA Outdoor champion12-time USA Indoor champion.
A discus thrower before he switched to the hammer as a senior at Montana State, Deal threw the disc 187-4 as a freshman and won USA Juniors and a gold at the Pan-Am Juniors. His discus PR of 202-2 came in 1984, and he placed 14th in the qualifying round of the Olympic Trials that year. Currently manufactures throwing wires and hammer cages, a business he is "trying to keep under control. He missed all of 1997 with a bulging disc in his back. In 1998, Deal broke his fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot on his first throw at the Goodwill Games, knowing that he had a stress fracture there to begin with. "I lost that bet," he says of his attempt to complete the season with a stress fracture. The bone has been repaired with a screw and a bone graftDeal's nine-year win streak at the USA Indoors is a record. His nine USA Outdoor titles is a record for his event, as is his 12 U.S. Indoor crowns retired after the 2001 season, but returned the following year to win the 2002 USA mens hammer titlemarried; has one daughter, Sarah (born 1993).
2003: Did not compete.
2002: USA Outdoor champion (74.49m/244-4)1st at Eugene on May 11 (73.16m/240-0)2nd at Eugene on April 27 (71.09m/233-3)ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 74.49m/244-4. 2001: Retired
2000: Won Olympic Trials (78.94/258-09)won USA Indoors (23.89/78-4.5) for a record-setting 12th time, breaking the old record of 11 he shared with Diane Dixonfailed to make Olympic final (248-0)ranked #1 U.Sbest of 265-8 on July 8 in Niece, best throw by an American in 2000.
1999: Won USA Indoors (23.76/77-11.5) and Outdoors (80.34/263-7) gold at Pan Am Games13th in qualifying at World Champs (75.30/247-0)ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 80.34/263-7.
1998: Won USA Indoors (79-5.25) and Outdoors (256-6) 2nd at Goodwill Games (256-4)won Prefontaine Classic (265-4) ranked #10 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 265-4.
1997: Injured (bulging disc); did not compete.
1996: Silver in Olympic Games (266-2) won USA Indoors (83-7.25)won Olympic Trials (249-4) ranked #1 in world by T&FN. best of 270-9.
1995: Won USA Indoors (84-10.25 WR) and Outdoors (254-10) gold at Pan Am Games (248-2) 5th in World Champs (258-1)ranked #5 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 258-1. 1994: Won USA Indoors (74-5.75) and Outdoors (270-8 AR) 2nd at World Cup (266-2) ranked #4 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 270-8.
1993: Won USA Indoors (81-6 WR) and Outdoors (256-3) 9th at World Champs (250-0) ranked #9 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 265-1.
1992: Won USA Indoors (80-11.25)2nd at Olympic Trials (262-3)7th at Olympic Games (252-1) 3rd at World Cup (252-11)ranked #8 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 266-0. 1991: Won USA Indoors (79-3.75)2nd at USA Outdoors (243-8)tied for 13th in qualifying at World Champs (239-2)ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 257-4.
1990: Won USA Indoors (78-0.25)3rd at USA Outdoorswon Olympic Festival ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 254-9.
1989: Won USA Indoors (73-8.25) and Outdoors (252-5)2nd at World Cup (250-7)ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 257-0.
1988: 2nd at Olympic Trials17th in qualifying at Olympic Games3rd at USA Outdoorsranked #2 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 248-2.
1987: won USA Indoor (74-5)4th at USA Outdoorswon Olympic Festival ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 249-2.
1986: 3rd at USA Outdoors3rd at Olympic Festivalranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN. best of 244-11.
1985: 9th at USA Outdoorsranked #9 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 224-8.
1984: 2nd in qualifying at NCAA Outdoorsbest of 205-1.