Connie Price-Smith - Early Career

Early Career

Price-Smith is a four-time Olympian, and is one of the most decorated women's track and field athletes in SIU history, despite the fact she did not participate in the sport during her college career until she was a senior. She was also on the school's women's basketball team before she became a member of the Saluki Track & Field team. She is currently ranked fifth all-time in the outdoor shot put (49' 11.5") and third all-time in the discus (165 1"). Furthermore, she won MVC indoor and outdoor championship titles, garnered all-conference honors in the shot and was named her team's most valuable player in 1985. Price-Smith became the first U.S. female athlete in 32 years to win both the shot put and discus at an Olympic Trials (1992). In the shot put alone, she finished first on four consecutive occasions at Olympic Trial Championship competitions between 1988 and 2000. Even though she did not medal at the Olympics, Price-Smith had the highest finish of a U.S. female shot putter since 1960 and narrowly missed the bronze medal by just four inches at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In addition, she is also the first U.S. female to have a top ten world-ranking in the shot put for five consecutive years (1995–1999). Price-Smith was also the first U.S. female to win a medal in that event at a World Championship competition (1995). Price-Smith has been on 34 international squads, and has been a member of four teams at the Pan-American Games, where she won a bronze medal in the discus in 1987; a silver in the shot put in 1991, and a gold in the shot put in both 1995 and 1999; she was a silver medalist at the World Indoor Championship, in Barcelona, Spain; a silver medalist at the Goodwill Games in 1998; and a bronze medalist at the World Cup in 1998. She is was also a member of two World University Games teams, Price-Smith placed fifth in the discus in 1987. In addition, she was on three Goodwill Games teams, participated in seven IAAF Grand Prix Finals and is a 25-time national champion in the shot put and discus. Price-Smith ends her athletic career with personal best in the shot put of 64' 3" (19.58m) and 212' 8" (64.82m) in the discus.

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