Lance Deal biography

Lance Deal

Olympic athlete

1961 –


Who is Lance Deal?

Lance Earl Deal is a former American athlete who won a silver medal in the hammer throw in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. He also competed in the 1988, 1992, and 2000 Summer Olympics.

In the hammer throw finals at the 1996 Olympic Games, only the top eight competitors after three throws were awarded three additional throws. Deal fouled his first two throws; his third equaled the eighth longest throw of the competition. However, he was only in ninth place, because the other competitor had a second legal throw. The announcer initially stated that, on the basis of that tiebreaker, Deal was out of the rest of the competition. The officials corrected the error, however; IAAF rules do not call for breaking ties in this case. So Deal advanced, and on his sixth and final throw, won the silver medal behind Balazs Kiss of Hungary.

Deal graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming where he earned All-State Honors in football, wrestling, and track. He went on to graduate from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He currently works at the University of Oregon. He was the throws coach at the University of Oregon. Deal is married and has one daughter.


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Aug 21, 1961
Also known as
  • Lance Earl Deal
  • United States of America
  • Montana State University - Bozeman
Lived in
  • Wyoming

on July 23, 2013

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