Inducted: 2000, athlete
Born: June 11, 1951 - Brooklyn, New York
Shot Put - 19.09 m
For a period of 13 years, Maren Seidler totally dominated shot putting in the U.S. She won 23 national titles from 1967 to 1980, including a record-setting nine consecutive outdoor titles. Seidler was a member of four Olympic teams (1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980). She was also a member of three Pan American teams (1967, 1975 and 1979) and placed second in 1979. In all, she competed on 20 international teams. A graduate of Tufts University, Seidler was the first American woman to throw the shot more than 60 feet. In all, she broke the American shot put record 16 times, indoors and outdoors, and raised the outdoor record from 54' 9" to 62' 7 3/4". She was ranked first in the U.S. 11 times.
American Record: Shot Put - 19.09 m (June 15, 1979 - )
1968 Olympics: Shot Put (11th)
1976 Olympics: Shot Put (12th)
undergraduate: Tufts (Medford, Massachusetts), 1973