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Bill Schmidt

Full name: William David "Bill" Schmidt
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Born: December 29, 1947 in Muse, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: US Army, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Bill Schmidt grew up in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania where he and a friend, Tom Dettorre, starred together in baseball. Dettorre went on to the major leagues but Schmidt turned to the javelin. He attended North Texas State University, where he placed second with the spear at the 1970 NCAA Championships. Schmidt was serving as a private in the Army at the time of the Olympics, and went to München with a personal best of 270-6 (82.45), but at the Games he improved to 276-11½ (84.42) to take the bronze medal. In 1976, Schmidt won his only major championship when he took the AAU title.

Schmidt later earned a master's degree from the University of Tennessee, was on the coaching staff at UT and was the sports director for the 1982 Knoxville World's Fair. He was vice president of sports for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He also spent 15 years as vice president for worldwide marketing for Gatorade and one year as CEO of Oakley, an eyeglass and apparel company. In 2001, Schmidt started his own sports marketing and consulting firm, Pegasus. He also served as an adjunct professor in the department of exercise and sport at the University of Tennessee beginning in 2002.

Personal Best\: JT – 283-2 (86.31) (1973).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics Men's Javelin Throw United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Final Round 3 84.42
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Final Round Round One 7 75.96
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 3 84.42 84.42
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 3 foul 84.42
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 3 79.92 84.42
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 3 84.12 84.42
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP foul
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Qualifying Round 10 QC 78.96
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 5 78.96
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One 7 75.28
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 7 75.90 75.90
1972 Summer 24 München Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP 78.96