Amy Acuff

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Amy Acuff
Amy Acuff Valence 2008.jpg
Acuff at the 2008 World Indoor Championships
Personal information
Full name Amy Lyn Acuff
Nationality American
Born (1975-07-14) July 14, 1975 (age 39)
Port Arthur, Texas
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg)
Country  United States
Sport Track and field athletics
Event(s) High jump
Club UCLA Bruins
Team USA Track & Field

Amy Lyn Acuff (born July 14, 1975) is a track and field athlete from the United States. A high jump specialist, she competed in the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games as a member of USA Track and Field. Her best Olympic performance came at the 2004 Games, where her jump of 1.99 m earned her fourth place in the final.


Born in Port Arthur, Texas, she established herself domestically with wins at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1995 and 1997. At the age of 22, she became the Universiade champion, edging out Monica Iagăr in the 1997 high jump final. Acuff was the winner of the 1998 Hochsprung mit Musik meeting in Arnstadt, Germany, becoming the first non-European winner in the history of the event. She went on to win at the national championships in 2001, 2003, and 2005.

Her personal best is 2.01 m, which she achieved in Zürich on August 15, 2003.

While in high school in 1993 she was named the national Girl's "High School Athlete of the Year" by Track and Field News.[1]

Her 1.95m at the Texas Relays at age 36 on March 31, 2012 should qualify as the W35 American Masters record.


Personal Bests[edit]

  • High Jump (outdoors) = 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) - Zurich, August 15, 2003
  • High Jump (indoors) = 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in) - Indianapolis, March 11, 1995
  • National Scholastic Indoor Champion: 1991, 1992
  • Pan-Am Junior Champion: 1993
  • NCAA (National Collegiate) Indoor Champion: 1994, 1995, 1997
  • NCAA Outdoor Champion: 1995, 1996
  • 6 Time U.S. Outdoor Champion: 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
  • 5 Time U.S. Indoor Champion: 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  United States
1992 World Junior Championships Seoul, South Korea 9th 1.85 m
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 3rd 1.88
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 8th 1.93
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 24th (q) 1.85
1997 World University Games (Universiade) Sicily, Italy 1st 1.98
World Championships Athens, Greece 14th (q) 1.92
IAAF Grand Prix Final Fukuoka, Japan 6th 1.93
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 9th 1.93
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 31st (q) 1.80
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 4th 1.96
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 10th 1.90
IAAF Grand Prix Final Melbourne, Australia 2nd 1.96
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 10th 1.92
World Championships Paris Saint-Denis, France 9th 1.90
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 4th 1.99
IAAF World Athletics Final Monaco 6th 1.95
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 8th 1.89
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 13th (q) 1.90
IAAF World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 5th 1.94
World Cup Athens, Greece 3rd 1.94
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 12th 1.94
IAAF World Athletics Final 5th 1.94
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 6th 1.95
Olympic Games Beijing, China 19th (q) 1.89
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 12th 1.87
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 20th (q) 1.85 m
  • Results with a Q indicate Acuff's overall position in the qualifying round.


Acuff is also known for her career as a model. She organized the 2000 Omni Lite Millennium Calendar of Champions, featuring nude (or semi-nude) photos of Acuff and 11 other U.S. female track and field stars, with half the proceeds going to the Florence Griffith-Joyner Foundation.

Acuff's cover appearances include:

  • The 2004 Olympics were noted for the large number of female Olympians who posed nude—following in the footsteps of the 2000 Matildas and the Omni calendar. Of the 2004 examples the most visible was Acuff's appearance on the cover and within Playboy's, “The Women of the Olympics” issue.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Acuff graduated from Calallen High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. She attended UCLA and was inducted into the UCLA Bruins Hall of Fame in 2007.

She is distantly related to country musician Roy Acuff (her grandfather’s second cousin).[5]

She is married to Tye Harvey, a retired pole vaulter. They have a daughter, Elsa. [6]


  1. ^ Track and Field News High School AOY
  2. ^ O'Conner, Ian (August 13, 2004). "Posing for magazines: Athlete or sexual plaything?". USA Today. 
  3. ^ Boswell, Laura (October 13, 2004). "Olympians posing nude, poses questions". ESPN. 
  4. ^ Wallechinsky, David; Jaime Loucky (May 2008). The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2008 Edition. Aurum Press. ISBN 978-1-84513-330-6. 
  5. ^ Acuff-Ecoff Family Archives
  6. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Angela Bradburn
USA National High Jump Champion
Succeeded by
United States Tisha Waller
Preceded by
United States Tisha Waller
USA National High Jump Champion
Succeeded by
United States Tisha Waller
Preceded by
United States Karol Damon
USA National High Jump Champion
Succeeded by
United States Tisha Waller
Preceded by
United States Tisha Waller
USA National High Jump Champion
Succeeded by
United States Tisha Waller
Preceded by
United States Tisha Waller
USA National High Jump Champion
Succeeded by
United States Chaunte Howard