Kelly Blair LaBounty

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Kelly Blair LaBounty
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1970-11-24) November 24, 1970 (age 43)
Prosser, Washington, United States
Residence Eugene, Oregon, United States
Spouse(s) Matt LaBounty
Sport
Country United States
Sport Track and field athletics
Achievements and titles
World finals 1998 Goodwill Games: Heptathlon - Third
Olympic finals

Kelly Blair LaBounty (born November 24, 1970 in Prosser, Washington) is a retired American track and field Olympic athlete.

Collegiate career[edit]

Kelly Blair LaBounty attended the University of Oregon playing two sports, basketball and track and field. After two seasons she decided her basketball career would have to come to an end to focus on track. At Oregon she won a national title in the heptathlon in 1993.[1]

Olympics[edit]

Blair LaBounty placed sixth in the women's heptathlon in the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia, and also qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics, but missed the games due to injury.[2] She defeated Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the Olympic trials of 1996.[1] Blair LaBounty placed third in the 1998 Goodwill Games in the heptathlon.[3]

Post-competitive career[edit]

She now lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her two sons Jacob and Lucas and her husband, former National Football League defensive end Matt LaBounty. She was hired as an assistant coach at the University of Oregon in 2006,[1] and served in that capacity until her position was eliminated in 2008.[2]

She was named to the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Anderson, Curtis (April 3, 2006). "Multi-talented ex-Duck leads". The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon). p. D1. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Bachman, Rachel (July 5, 2008). "Noted athlete out as a coach at UO". The Oregonian. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Coffey, Wayne (July 23, 1998). "Jackie Takes Heptathlon Survives In The 800; U.s. 4x400 Team Flies". Daily News. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kelly Blair-LaBounty". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 19, 2012.