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Louise Ritter

Full name: Dorothy Louise Ritter
Gender: Female
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: February 18, 1958 in Dallas, Texas, United States
Affiliations: Pacific Coast Club, Long Beach (USA) / Mazda Optimist Track Club, Toronto (CAN)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

The highlight of Louise Ritter’s high jump career came when she won the gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, upsetting the favorite, Bulgarian [Stefka Kostadinova]. Ritter also won a high jump gold medal at the 1979 Pan American Games and a bronze medal at the 1983 World Championships. She was US Champion in the high jump four times, winning in 1978, 1983, and 1985-86, and won the Olympic Trials three times, in 1980, 1984, and 1988. She was also a seven-time runner-up at the US Nationals. During her career she set 10 US records in the high jump, the first in April 1978, and the final one, 2.03, that won her gold at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. She was ranked nine times in the world top 10, with high rankings of #2 in 1988 and #3 in 1983 and 1985. Ritter attended Texas Women’s University.

Personal Best: HJ – 2.03 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Women's High Jump United States USA 8
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Women's High Jump United States USA 1 Gold OR

Women's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC C/F/P
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 8 1.91 0 2
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.75 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.80 metres 1T o 0 0 1.80
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.85 metres 13T xo 1 1 1.85
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.88 metres 8 xo 1 2 1.88
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.91 metres 6 o 0 2 1.91
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.94 metres 8 xxx 0 2 1.91
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round 11T QU 1.90 1 3
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 6 1.90 1 3
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1.70 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1.75 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1.80 metres 1T o 0 0 1.80
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1.84 metres 1T o 0 0 1.84
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1.87 metres 9 xxo 2 2 1.87
1984 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1.90 metres 6 xo 1 3 1.90
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 2.01 0 0
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 1.75 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 1.80 metres 1T o 0 0 1.80
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 1.85 metres 1T o 0 0 1.85
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 1.90 metres 1T o 0 0 1.90
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 1.93 metres 1T o 0 0 1.93
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 1.96 metres 1T o 0 0 1.96
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 1.99 metres 1T o 0 0 1.99
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 2.01 metres 1T o 0 0 2.01
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 2.03 metres 1T xxx 0 0 2.01
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Jump-Off 2.03 metres 1 OR o 0 0 2.03
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round 11T QU 1.92 2 3
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 6T 1.92 2 3
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1.70 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1.75 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1.80 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1.84 metres 1T o 0 0 1.84
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1.87 metres 8T xo 1 1 1.87
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1.90 metres 5T o 0 1 1.90
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1.92 metres 6T xxo 2 3 1.92
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