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Amy Acuff

Amy Acuff
Acuff at the 2008 World Indoor Championships
Personal information
Full name Amy Lyn Acuff
Nationality American
Born (1975-07-14) July 14, 1975
Port Arthur, Texas
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg)
Country  United States
Sport Track and field
Event(s) High jump
Club UCLA Bruins
Team USA Track & Field

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.


  • Biography 1
  • Personal bests 2
  • National titles 3
  • International competitions 4
  • Modeling 5
  • Personal life 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


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.[1]

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.[2]

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 did not start in Beijing.

Personal bests

  • High jump (outdoors): 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) - Zurich, August 15, 2003
  • High jump (indoors): 1.97 m (6 ft 512 in) - Indianapolis, March 11, 1995

National titles

  • National Scholastic Indoor Champion: 1991, 1992
  • NCAA (National Collegiate) Indoor Champion: 1994, 1995, 1997
  • NCAA Outdoor Champion: 1995, 1996
  • 6 Time U.S. Outdoor Champion: 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
  • 5 Time U.S. Indoor Champion: 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  United States
1992 World Junior Championships Seoul, South Korea 9th 1.85 m
1993 Pan American Junior Championships Winnipeg, Canada 1st 1.83 m
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 3rd 1.88
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 8th 1.93
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 24th (q) 1.85
1997 World University Games Sicily, Italy 1st 1.98
World Championships Athens, Greece 14th (q) 1.92
IAAF Grand Prix Final Fukuoka, Japan 6th 1.93
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 9th 1.93
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 31st (q) 1.80
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 4th 1.96
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 10th 1.90
IAAF Grand Prix Final Melbourne, Australia 2nd 1.96
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 10th 1.92
World Championships Paris, France 9th 1.90
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 4th 1.99
IAAF World Athletics Final Monaco 6th 1.95
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 8th 1.89
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 13th (q) 1.90
IAAF World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 5th 1.94
World Cup Athens, Greece 3rd 1.94
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 12th 1.94
IAAF World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 5th 1.94
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 6th 1.95
Olympic Games Beijing, China 19th (q) 1.89
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 12th 1.87
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 20th (q) 1.85 m
  • Results with a Q indicate Acuff's overall position in the qualifying round.


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.[3]

Acuff's cover appearances include:

  • The 2004 Olympics were noted for the large number of female Olympians who posed nude—following in the footsteps of the 2000 Matildas and the Omni calendar. Of the 2004 examples the most visible was Acuff's appearance on the cover and within Playboy's, “The Women of the Olympics” issue.[4][5]

Personal life

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.[7]

She is distantly related to country musician Roy Acuff (her grandfather’s second cousin).[8]

She is married to Tye Harvey, a retired pole vaulter. They have a daughter, Elsa. [9]


  1. ^ Aquitania, Ray E. M.D.(2001)Jock-Docs: World-Class Athletes Wearing White Coats ISBN 9781609106126
  2. ^ Track and Field News High School AOY
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  8. ^ Acuff-Ecoff Family Archives
  9. ^ "Olympic high jumper takes leap into motherhood",, [1]

External links

  • Official website
  • Amy Acuff profile at IAAF
  • Video Interview
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Angela Bradburn
Tisha Waller
Karol Damon
Tisha Waller
Tisha Waller
USA Women's High Jump Champion
Succeeded by
Tisha Waller
Tisha Waller
Tisha Waller
Tisha Waller
Chaunte Howard
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