Koch at the 1956 Olympics
|Born||May 10, 1932|
Lincoln County, Tennessee, U.S.
|Died||January 26, 1991 (aged 58)|
Los Angeles, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (209 lb)|
|Event(s)||Discus throw, shot put, javelin throw|
|Club||US Air Force|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||DT – 55.08 m (1956)|
SP – 15.85 m (1954)
JT – 64.92 m (1954)
Koch graduated from Reed High School in Shelton, Washington and University of Southern California. In 1955 he won the NCAA discus title, but failed to qualify for the 1956 Olympics; he was included in the team to replace Ron Drummond who could not compete. Besides athletics Koch was known for his football skills. He played as an amateur and was tried by Green Bay and San Diego teams, but never played as a professional. Koch married Mitzi Whitefeather, a Native American. After retiring from sport he worked at a plastics manufacturing plant, eventually becoming its executive.
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