The Post Falls History Walk

Ian Waltz

1977-

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First Post Falls Olympian

2004 and 2008 Olympic Team Member

Ranked #1 in U.S. Discus throw 2005-2008. 

Post Falls High School Graduate, 1995

 Ian (pronounced "Eye-an") Waltz is the first living person to be represented in the Post Falls History Walk.  A 1995 Post Falls High School graduate, Ian became the first Post Falls Olympian.

A prep standout at Post Falls High School, Ian 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.

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

Ian Waltz continued his U.S. dominance in the men’s discus with a win 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. 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 LaJolla, 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 kinesiology major at WSU, Ian graduated in 2000.  His agent is Peter Stubbs and his club is NIKE.  Ian is engaged to pole vaulter Stacy Dragila.

Information retrieved from www.usatf.org 

 

 

Ian Waltz

Photos (left) courtesy of Getty Images; Photo (right) courtesy of USA Track & Field; Ian Waltz PictureIan Waltz Picture

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