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Thanks for a great 2012 season!

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2012 was a great season. Thanks to all my supporters for helping my team make it all the way to London and back safely.  The Games was a success, placing 8th in my third Olympic appearance.  I wasn’t able to bring home a medal this time but it was an awesome experience and I hope I made my supporters proud! With a top 8 finish at the Olympics, and American Record, and a top 5 world ranking all the hard work for the last four years has paid off.  I intend to keep up my training and compete in the next Olympic trials and make the 2016 team.  I was recently awarded a scholarship with US Olympic Committee to Keller Graduate School of Management where I am taking classes to complete an MBA program.  I’m excited to be going back to school!  Next year I’ll have to work hard to stay at the top of the USA rankings but I’m willing to take on the challenge.

Background

At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Stephanie Brown Trafton won the United States’ first gold medal in the women’s discus since Lillian Copeland won in 1932, and the first medal of any kind in that event since Leslie Jean Deniz won silver in the boycott-afflicted 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.   It was a significant personal victory for the Brown Trafton, who had never finished higher than second at a U.S. national championship.  She qualified for her second Olympic team by placing third in the women’s discus at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. Brown Trafton stood in first place after the first round of throwing in Beijing, popping off a strong throw of 64.74 meters/212 feet 5 inches, less than five feet off her personal best. The throw held up for the rest of the competition, and the gold medal was hers.

Brown Trafton set the national record in the discus in 2012 with a throw of 67.74 meters/ 222′ 3″ in Maui, HA.  A former six-time All-American in indoor and outdoor track and field at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an Arroyo Grande High School standout, she has won three out of the last four USA championships including the 2012 Olympics Trails.  At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Brown Trafton finished 8th.  She currently works as a volunteer Director of Operations for Sacramento State Track and Field.