Ian Waltz

Career Highlights: 2008 Olympic Trials champion; Three-time USA champion (’05, ’06, ‘08); 2007 USA runner-up; 2006 World Cup bronze medalist; 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials runner-up; Eight-time collegiate All-American; Two-time PAC-10 discus champion; 1997 Pac-10 shot put champion Waltz qualified for this third career trip to a World Outdoor Championships with his third place finish at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships. Waltz won the men’s discus at the 2008 Olympic Trials, capturing his third national title and second Olympic team spot. His winning throw at the Trials was a whopping seven feet better than that of his nearest competitor. His winning throw at Salinas of 68.90m/226-0 on May 22 was the best by an American in 2008, and just one inch shy of his career best. Waltz ended the 2007 season ranked #1 in the U.S. by Track & Field News after finishing as the runner-up at the AT&T USA Outdoor Championships and placing eighth at the World Athletics Final…In 2006, he won his second consecutive U.S. title, finished third at the World Cup, posted a new personal best and ended the year ranked #4 in the world by Track & Field News…Waltz leaped onto the international stage in 2005 by winning his first-ever men’s discus U.S. Outdoor title and placing fifth at the World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Waltz increased his personal best to 66.95m/219-8 with his win in La Jolla, Calif…A seven-time All-American and school discus record holder at Washington State University, Waltz finished second in the discus during the final day of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. His sixth and final throw of 64.69 meters/212 feet, 2 inches earned him a spot on the team…A prep standout at Port Falls HS in Idaho, Waltz earned four track letters and three letters as a fullback and defensive end in football. The state record holder in the discus, Waltz was named the Idaho Athlete of the Year in 1995. A kinesiology major at WSU…married to former pole vaulter Stacy Dragila, who gave birth to their daughter Allyx Josephine on June 21, 2010