Louise Ritter

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Louise Ritter
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Born February 18, 1958

Louise Dorothy Ritter (born February 18, 1958 in Dallas, Texas) is a former track and field athlete from the United States.

Biography[edit]

She who won the gold medal in the women's high jump at the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, South Korea.[1] In doing so she upset Stefka Kostadinova, the reigning world champion and world record-holder in the event. A graduate from Red Oak High School she now has a street named after her[citation needed] located in her former home town of Red Oak, TX.[2]

She graduated from Texas Woman's University in 1988 where she starred for U.S. Olympic coach Dr. Bert Lyle.

Achievements[edit]

  • 4 Times US National Champion (1978, 1983, 1985, 1986)
  • 3 Times won US Olympic Trials (1980, 1984, 1988)

Note: During the 1980s, the US Championships and US Olympic trials were separate events.

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  United States
1977 World Cup Düsseldorf, Germany 4th 1.83 m
1979 Pan American Games San Juan, Puerto Rico 1st 1.93 m
World Cup Montreal, Canada 5th 1.87 m
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 1.95 m
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 8th 1.91 m
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 8th 1.93 m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 1st 2.03 m

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Joni Huntley
USA National High Jump Champion
1978
Succeeded by
Canada Debbie Brill
Preceded by
Canada Debbie Brill
USA National High Jump Champion
1983
Succeeded by
United States Pamela Spencer
Preceded by
United States Pamela Spencer
USA National High Jump Champion
1985 — 1986
Succeeded by
United States Coleen Sommer