Kate Schmidt, United States
World Record: 69.32m (227' 5") Fürth, Germany 11 Sep 1977
Kate "the great" Schmidt, a native of California and a graduate of UCLA, is a former World Record Holder and three-time (1972, 1976, 1980) Olympian, twice a Bronze Medalist in the javelin throw. From 1972-77, she tallied seven national titles. The last of Schmidt's nine American records - a 227' 5" (69.32 m) throw set in Fürth, Germany - which was the world record at the time. During her years dominating the event, Schmidt raised performance expectations in the women's javelin, shattering the previous American record of 198'8". Kate holds twelve of the top 20 spots of the farthest throws ever by an American. Kate is a member of the USATF National Track and Field Hall of Fame (1994), the National Throws Coaches Hall of Fame, the CSULB HAll of Fame, the LBCC HAll of Fame, and the Woodrow Wilson High School Hall of Fame(Long Beach, CA).