Kathryn Joan "Kate" Schmidt is an American former world record holder in the javelin throw. A native of California and a graduate of UCLA, she won bronze medals at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. She qualified for the 1980 Olympics, but did not compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. She placed fourth at the 1984 Olympic Trials. From 1972 to 1977, Schmidt won seven national titles. She set a new world record of 69.32 m in Fürth, Germany. Her throw was almost 30 feet longer than the previous American record of 198 feet 8 inches set by Barbara Friedrich in 1967. Schmidt holds twelve of the top 20 spots of the farthest throws ever by an American. She held the American record until the women's javelin was redesigned in 1999, resetting the records. Schmidt is a member of the USATF National Track and Field Hall of Fame, 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.
|Personal best(s):||69.32 m (1977)|
About Kate Schmidt
Former world record holder in the javelin throw, she won bronze in the javelin competition at the 1972 Olympics in Munich and the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
She graduated from UCLA.
She was inducted into the USATF National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1994.
She grew up in Long Beach, California.
She was not able to participate in the 1980 Olympics due to a boycott ordered by President Jimmy Carter.
Information related to Kate Schmidt
- UCLA Bruins women's track and field athletes
- American female javelin throwers
- Olympic bronze medalists for the United States in track and field