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DEDEE NATHAN
Event:
Heptathlon
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
PR: 6577 (1999)
100H - 13:10; HJ - 1.86m/6-1.25; SP - 15.95m/52-4; 200m - 24.10;
LJ - 6.65m/21-10; JT - 49.98m/164-0; 800m - 2:13.00;
Born: April 20, 1968, in Birmingham, Ala.
Current Residence: Bloomington, Ind.
High School: South Side HS (Ind.) 86
College: Indiana 90
Coaches:
John Smith (throws); Greg Wilson (running); George Freeman
Agent: Self
Club: Indiana Invaders

Career Highlights: Two-time U.S. champion (00, 01); Runner-up, 1998 Goodwill Games; 2nd in 1997, 1994 and 1993 USA Outdoors; 1999 World Indoor Pentathlon gold medalist; 1991 Pan-Am Games gold medalist

Following her seventh place finish at the 2001 World Championships and fourth place finish at the 2000 Goodwill Games, Nathan decided to make a change in her life, accepting an assistant track & field coaching position at Southern Illinois University under Olympic teammate and newly named head coach Connie Price-SmithNathan avenged fourth-place finishes at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Trials to win the 2000 Trials and make her first Olympic Team. In 1998, she finished a scant 23 points behind Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the hepthalon legends final go at the event at the Goodwill Games. I would have totally been the villain if I had won, Nathan said. Adept at many sports, Nathan started her track career in 6th grade. A big break came in 1995, when she was called to the World Championships at the last minute when Joyner-Kersee withdrew from the heptathlon. They said, Just have fun. Dont worry about it. Thats all I ever do. So I just went out there and had fun. She finished 8th...A religious woman who attends church four times a week, Nathan has her masters degree in Human Development/Family Studies and says she would like to be a foster mother or group home mother someday: I want to deal with teenagers. I think Ill be good at it... has worked out with members of the USA National Bobsled Team.

2002: 2nd at USA Outdoors heptathlon (5995 points)ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 5995.
2001: USA Outdoor champion (6174)7th at Worlds (6073)4th at Goodwill Games with a season best 6275 points best of 6275.
2000: Won Olympic Trials with score of 6243, defeating Shelia Burrell by four points... 9th at Olympics (6150)... ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN... best of 6243.
1999: Won pentathlon at World Indoors (4753)... 8th at USA Outdoors (5318); no height in high jump... ranked #5 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 6577(PR).
1998: 2nd in Goodwill Games (6479 PR)...3rd in LJ (20-7) at USA Indoor...did not finish USA Outdoors ...10th at Talence (5886)...ranked #8 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN... best of 6479.
1997: 2nd in USA Outdoors (6317)...7th in World Champs (6298)...ranked #10 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN... best of 6317.
1996: 4th in Olympic Trials (6327 PR); no mark in LJ finals (20-11.75 in qualifying)...ranked #5 U.S. by T&FN... best of 6327.
1995: Bronze in Pan-Am Games (5879)...4th in USA Outdoors (6283w)...8th in World Champs (6258)...ranked #4 U.S. by T&FN... best of 6283w.
1994: 8th in 60H heats (8.75) at USA Indoor...3rd in USA Outdoors (6189 PR)...ranked #4 U.S. by T&FN... best of 6189.
1993: 3rd in 60H heats (8.51) at USA Indoor...9th in World Indoor pentathlon (4128)...3rd in USA Outdoors (6038)...17th in World Champs (5785)...ranked #3 U.S. by T&FN... best of 6038.
1992: 4th in Olympic Trials (6162 PR)...ranked #5 U.S. by T&FN...best of 6162.
1991: Gold at Pan-Am Games... 5th in USA Outdoors (5955)...6th at World University Games... ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN... best of 5998w.
1990: 2nd in NCAA heptathlon; 7th in LJ... won 400H and LJ at Big 10...6th in 400H heats at USA Outdoors...ranked #8 in U.S. at heptathlon by T&FN... best of 5855.
1989: 4th in LJ, 6th in 400H at NCAA...5th in LJ at USA Outdoors ...5th in NCAA Indoor LJ...won 400H at Big 10...ranked #9 U.S. in LJ by T&FN... best of 57.39 (400H).
1988: 4th in NCAA Indoor LJ...3rd in 400H heats at NCAA... best of 57.78 (400H).
1987: False start in 400H heats at NCAA... best of 58.19 (400H).
1986: Won Indiana HS state titles in 100H, 300H and 4x400... best of 42.62 (300H).
1985: Won Indiana HS state titles in 100H, 300H and 4x400... best of 42.85 (300H).
1984: Won Indiana HS state titles in 300H and 4x400... best of 43.50 (300H).

12/29/01

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