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Ramona Pagel

Ramona Pagel
Personal information
Nationality  United States
Born (1961-11-10) November 10, 1961
Los Angeles, California
Residence Oxnard, California
Height 5 ft 11.5 in (1.82 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Shot put, Discus
Coached by Kent Pagel
Updated on 5 May 2012.

Ramona Pagel (born Ramona Ebert, November 10, 1961 in Los Angeles) is a retired American shot putter. She made four consecutive Olympic teams, 1984-1996, four IAAF World Championships and won a full set of medals in three showings at the Pan American Games. Her personal best put was 20.18 metres, achieved in June 1988 in San Diego. That mark was the American record for 25 years. The record was tied 23 years later by Jillian Camarena-Williams in 2011 and was finally beaten by Michelle Carter at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Two days before her record was beaten, Stamatia Scarvelis, coached by Pagel, won the Junior National Championship at the same meet.

Pagel was affiliated with the San Diego State University.

Ramona attended Schurr High School in Montebello, California. In 1979, she placed 3rd in CIF California State Meet, throwing the 8 Lb. Shot 47' 5¼". Not only was that the third best in the competition, it was the third best in state history (in the 6 years that weight was thrown). The weight was changed to 4 Kg the following year.[1]

Her next school was Long Beach State, where she met and married UCLA and former Fullerton High School thrower Kent Pagel. He coached her throughout her career. She graduated LBSU in 1982 before moving on the San Diego State. Through her career, she was ranked in the top 10 American shot putters 16 years in a row, from 1981-1996, including the number 1 ranking from 1985-1989.[2] She also spent 8 years on the American Discus list,[3] until back problems caused her to choose to focus on her best event.

Pagel also collects Pooh bear dolls.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 11th
1985 World Indoor Games Paris, France 5th
Universiade Kobe, Japan 3rd
World Cup Canberra, Australia 6th
1987 World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 6th
World Championships Rome, Italy 16th
Pan American Games Indianapolis, United States 1st
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 15th 18.55 m
1989 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 9th
World Cup Barcelona, Spain 6th
1991 World Indoor Championships Seville, Spain 9th
Pan American Games Havana, Cuba 3rd
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 13th
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 11th 18.24 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 12th
1995 Pan American Games Mar del Plata, Argentina 2nd
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 7th 18.81 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 9th


  1. ^ "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 
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  • Ramona Pagel profile at IAAF
  • USATF bio
  • sports-reference

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