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Amy Acuff


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Amy Acuff, born July 14, 1975 in Port Arthur, Texas is a track and field athlete from the United States. A high jump specialist, she competed in the 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympics as a member of USA Track and Field. Her best Olympic performance came at the 2004 Games, where her jump of 1.99 meters earned her fourth place in the final. 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, and 2005. Her personal best is 2.01 meters, which she achieved in Zürich on August 15, 2003. While in high school in 1993 she was named the named the national Girl's High School Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News. After the birth of her daughter in 2010, Acuff resumed training for London 2012. She is attempting to make her fifth Olympic team, a feat not accomplished by any other track and field athlete in history. Her opening competition at Texas Relays this spring yielded an impressive 1.95 meter or 6’4 3/4” jump to achieve the Olympic “A” Standard and indicated a return to her best form in many years. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Austin, Texas, a subject on which she received extensive training. Acuff has commented that the practice has been partly responsible for her unusual longevity in an event that is considered to be injury prone. She is married to retired pole vaulter Tye Harvey.

Acuff is also known for her career as a model. She organized the 2000 Omni Lite Millennium Calendar of Champions, featuring nude or semi-nude photos of Acuff and 11 other U.S. female track and field stars, with half the proceeds going to the Florence Griffith-Joyner Foundation. Acuff's magazine cover appearances include: Esquire - “Women of Summer: Strength & Beauty: A Portfolio of America’s 10 Sexiest Athletes”and in men's magazines such as Maxim and FHM. 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 Magazine - “The Women of the Olympics” issue. Acuff appeared across the top of the title for The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2008 Edition. Acuff graduated from Calallen High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. She attended UCLA and was inducted into the UCLA Bruins Hall of Fame in 2007. She is distantly related to country musician Roy Acuff who was her grandfather’s second cousin.

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