Goode was raised in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, and attended Monmouth Regional High School, breaking their previous school record, jumping 7 ft. 2¼in. After graduating high school in 1979, he moved to Florida, and then California pursuing his athletic career. While in California he became a professional jumper, and qualified in the United States Olympic Trials (track and field) to become a part of the U.S. team. He tied for third place, earning a bronze medal. His highlight was a personal best jump of 7 ft. 8¼. After the Olympic Games, he moved back to New Jersey and currently resides in Freehold Township, New Jersey.
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