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Reita Clanton

Full name: Reita Ethel Clanton
Gender: Female
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: July 30, 1952 in Lafayette, Alabama, United States
Affiliations: National Team, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Handball

Biography

Reita Clanton grew up in a small town in Alabama and first went to junior college, but later attended and graduated from Auburn University. At Auburn she played on the basketball team, and taught herself how to play volleyball to play collegiately in that sport as well. In addition, she played club softball and after graduating, coached Auburn’s first varsity softball teams. After graduation in 1974 Clanton coached high school basketball and taught, when the Auburn coach told her of a letter recruiting athletes to the US Olympic Training Center for the handball team.

Although she had never played the sport, her athletic skills got her onto the US National Team in the late 70s. Like many athletes, Clanton’s dreams were crushed by the 1980 US Olympic boycott, but she stayed with the US National Team while serving as an assistant basketball coach at Middle Tennessee State University. She later served as an assistant coach for the US team at the 1996 Olympics and for various handball teams at the US Olympic Festival from 1985-95, and carried the Olympic Torch prior to the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, being involved in all three US Olympics over a 20-year period.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 31 Los Angeles Handball Women's Handball United States USA 5

Women's Handball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G W S E DQ
1984 Summer 31 Los Angeles Handball United States USA Round Robin Match #3 1 1984-08-01 USA 25, CHN 22 0 1 1 0 0
1984 Summer 31 Los Angeles Handball United States USA Round Robin Match #6 2 1984-08-03 KOR 29, USA 27 1 0 1 0 0
1984 Summer 31 Los Angeles Handball United States USA Round Robin Match #9 2 1984-08-05 YUG 33, USA 20 0 0 0 0 0
1984 Summer 31 Los Angeles Handball United States USA Round Robin Match #12 2 1984-08-07 FRG 18, USA 17 2 0 0 0 0
1984 Summer 31 Los Angeles Handball United States USA Round Robin Match #13 1 1984-08-09 USA 25, AUT 21 1 1 1 0 0
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