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Kate Schmidt Biography

Former US Olympic javelin thrower
Pro to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“The technology exists to test for levels of most of the substances on the ‘banned drugs’ lists. What if we declared that certain levels of them in the body were acceptable, while excessive amounts would result in penalties ? Athletes could satisfy their drive to be faster and stronger. Drugs could move from the black market to the legitimate sports-medicine community. Athletes could stop experimenting on themselves. It would be safer to take the substances, and with medical monitoring, there would be fewer negative side effects. And we could stop vilifying athletes and feel relief because we no longer would have to keep pushing against this inevitable evolution of what sports has become. Track gets faster, nutrition gets more specific and training techniques improve.”

“Just Say Yes to Steroids – Learn, Make Better Choices,” Los Angeles Times, Oct. 18, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Javelin Coach, Occidental College, 2001-present
  • Assistant Track Coach, Beverly Hills High School, 1994-2000
  • Member, United States of America Track and Field (USATF) National Track and Field Hall of Fame, 1994
  • Class Designer, water exercise, Secure Horizons HMO, 1992
  • Director of Pool Therapy, Southern California Orthopedic Institute, 1990-1991
  • Director of Hydrotherapy, International Sportsmedicine Institute, 1986-1988
  • Scriptwriter, See How We Run a documentary about sport injuries
  • Researcher, ABC Sports – Games of the XXIII Olympiad, Los Angeles, 1984
  • Founder, Home Bodies (company offering rehabilitation exercise programs), 1982
  • World Record Holder, Javelin Throw – 69.32 m, Sep. 11, 1977
  • Bronze Medal Winner, Javelin Throw, Games of the XXI Olympiad, Montreal, 1976
  • Bronze Medal Winner, Javelin Throw, Games of the XX Olympiad, Munich, 1972
  • Winner of seven national titles and placed in the top three in 12 of 13 national championships, 1972-1984
  • Broke the American javelin record 10 times
  • Member, National Throws Coaches Hall of Fame, California State University, Long Beach Hall of Fame, Long Beach Community College Hall of Fame, and Woodrow Wilson High School Hall of Fame
  • BA, California State University, Long Beach
  • Attended, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Certified Personal Trainer, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
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Quoted in:
  1. Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?