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Stephanie Brown Trafton: Throwing for Discus Gold


Stephanie Brown Trafton: Throwing for Discus Gold

Stephanie Brown Trafton

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Stephanie Brown Trafton just made the 2008 Olympic discus team, finishing third in the U.S. Trials. Then she went down to the wire before earning a spot in the Olympic final with her third and last qualifying throw. In the final, however, Brown Trafton was at her best from the start, winning the gold medal with a first-round throw measuring 64.74 meters (212 feet, 4.82 inches).


She was third at the 2008 Olympic Trials, but Trafton entered the Beijing Games with the top throw by an American in 2008, having won at Salinas in May with a personal best toss of 66.17 meters (217 feet, 1.12 inches).


Trafton previously competed in the 2004 Olympic Trials, placing second with a then-personal best throw of 61.90 meters (203 feet, 1.01 inches).

Double threat:

Trafton competed in both discus and shot put in college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her top discus performances included a fourth place finish the 2002 NCAA Outdoors and a Big West championship in 2002. In 2003 she was fourth in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoors and won the Big West shot put championship.

The stats:

  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 225
  • Age: 28
  • Birth date: December 1, 1979
  • Hometown: Arroyo, California
  • World Championships: One


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