|Full name Amy Lyn Acuff|
Sport Track and field
Height 1.88 m
Club UCLA Bruins
Spouse Tye Harvey (m. 2004)
|Weight 145 lb (66 kg)|
Name Amy Acuff
Events High jump
Country United States
Role Track and field athlete
Children Elsa Harvey
|Born July 14, 1975 (age 47) (1975-07-14) Port Arthur, Texas|
Education Calallen High School, University of California, Los Angeles
Similar People Stacy Dragila, Tye Harvey, Amanda Beard, Ashley Harkleroad, Haley Cope
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Amy Lyn Acuff (born July 14, 1975) is a track and field athlete from the United States. A high jump specialist, she competed in the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games as a member of USA Track and Field. Her best Olympic performance came at the 2004 Games, where her jump of 1.99 m earned her fourth place in the final.
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Born in Port Arthur, Texas, she established herself domestically with wins at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1995 and 1997. At the age of 22, she became the Universiade champion, edging out Monica Iagăr in the 1997 high jump final. Acuff was the winner of the 1998 Hochsprung mit Musik meeting in Arnstadt, Germany, becoming the first non-European winner in the history of the event. She went on to win at the national championships in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007. Six national championships, all in odd numbered years.
Her personal best is 2.01 m, which she achieved at the Weltklasse Golden League international track and field meet in Zürich, Switzerland, on August 15, 2003. She finished 4th place at that high jump competition.
During the 2004 Olympic final, she was in bronze medal position through 1.99m. At 2.02m, after Vita Styopina cleared her lifetime personal best on her first attempt, Acuff strategically chose to pass at what would have been her personal best just to equal Styopina and retain bronze medal position. At the time, American television commentator Dwight Stones said "That is a decision she will think about the rest of her life."
While in high school in 1993 she was named the national Girl's "High School Athlete of the Year" by Track and Field News.
Her 1.95m at the Texas Relays at age 36 on March 31, 2012 should qualify as the W35 American Masters record.
Just 17 days before her 40th birthday, on June 28, 2015, Acuff placed third at the USATF track championships in Eugene, Oregon, potentially qualifying her for 2015's US delegation to the world championships in Beijing, however she needed jump of 1.94 meters, the qualifying standard. She, and all of the other American women, were ultimately unable to meet this standard and could not compete in Beijing.
She was Inducted into the Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame, Class of 2015.
Amy Acuff is also known for her career as a model. She was the subject of modeling projects, media stories, and photography relating to her sports career as a track and field athlete. Acuff was even featured on national television commercials. A new challenge was taken in 1999 as she successfully organized the making of the 2000 Omnilite Millennium Calendar of Champions, which featured nude/semi-nude photographs of Acuff and 11 other U.S. female track and field stars, with half the proceeds going to the Florence Griffith-Joyner Youth Foundation.
Acuff's cover appearances include:
Acuff graduated from Calallen High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. She attended UCLA and was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007. Acuff went on to study at the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, Texas, and become a licensed acupuncturist.
She is distantly related to country musician Roy Acuff (her grandfather's second cousin).
She is married to Tye Harvey, a retired pole vaulter. They have a daughter, Elsa.
In addition to being a model, Acuff is also an artist with work on display with the Art of the Olympians.