Louise Ritter

1988 Olympic High Jump Champion

Ritter won the bronze medal at the first World Championships in 1983, she was a favorite for a medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. However, the Superstars Olympic Curse held form and she finished a disappointing eighth. In 1987, she was a solid silver medal bet at the World Championships, but once again finished eighth. At the 1988 Olympics, Ritter faced World Champion and world record holder Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria, the heavy favorite. Both women went clear until they reached 6' 8". Both missed all three attempts. This called for a sudden death jump-off. One more try at 6' 8". Kostadinova missed her attempt. Louise Ritter stood on the Olympic infield with an opportunity to pull a big upset. The cleared 6'8" to equal her own American record, set a new Olympic record and win the gold medal.

EVENT

PLACE

POINTS

MONEY

EVENT WINS
1984 Women's Final

2

36

$11,100

Basketball, 60 Yard Dash
TOTALS  

36

$11,100

2


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