Suzy Powell-Roos

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Suzy Powell-Roos
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Born September 3, 1976 (1976-09-03) (age 38)
Modesto, California, U.S.

Suzanne "Suzy" Powell-Roos (born September 3, 1976 in Modesto, California) is a female discus thrower from the United States., who represented her native country in the women's discus throw event at three Summer Olympics, 1996 (Atlanta, Georgia), 2000 (Sydney, Australia) and 2008 (Beijing, China).[1]

She is the current American record holder in the Discus Throw, that record of 222 ft 0 in / 67.67 m was set March 14, 2007 in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii at the "Big Wind" Discus Challenge.[2] See the throw on youtube. In 2002, she set the world's best year performance in 2002, with a throw of 69.44 metres at the University of California, San Diego on April 27, 2002 see the throw, the best throw in the world since 1999. But that throw was not ratified as the American Record due to technical issues with the throwing sector.[3]

While in high school at Thomas Downey High School in 1994 she was named the national Girl's "High School Athlete of the Year" by Track and Field News[4] after setting the National High School Record in the discus at 214' 0" As a sophomore she was on the American team at the IAAF World Junior Championships, finishing tenth. Two years later she took home a bronze medal from the same event.[5] She was the 1995 Pan American Junior Championships gold medalist. She later attended UCLA. She won the 1996 and 2007 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships (1996 while winning the United States Olympic Trials (track and field).[6] She was the runner up six times.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 3rd 52.62 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 33rd (q) 56.24 m
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 21st (q) 54.22 m
1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 7th 58.83 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 15th (q) 59.68 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 18th (q) 58.19 m
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 4th 60.00 m
World Championships Paris, France 9th 59.86 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 15th (q) 59.57 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 26th (q) 58.02 m


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Preceded by
Russia Natalya Sadova
Women's Discus Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Russia Natalya Sadova