Sport: Track and Field
Nation: United States of America
DOB: July 14, 1975
Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Career Highlights: Acuff is one of the most celebrated high jumpers in American history and is only the fifth U.S. woman ever to make five Olympic
teams, but she hasn't enjoyed much success on the world’s largest stage. Acuff’s first Olympic appearance came as a 21-year-old
in 1996, and her best showing came at the 2004 Games, when she jumped 1.99 meters to finish fourth. In the other three Olympics,
she never finished better than 19th. She stopped competing in 2010 and ’11 during the pregnancy and following the birth of
her daughter, but she came out of retirement and cleared 1.95m at the 2012 U.S. trials to earn another spot in the Olympics.
“Deep down I felt like I had unfinished business so I had to come back,” she said. Acuff is a six-time U.S. outdoor champion
(1995, ’97, ’01, ’03, ’05 and ’07) and a two-time runner-up (1999 and ’09). She also is a five-time U.S. indoor champ and
won five NCAA titles from 1994-97 at UCLA. In addition to her jumping, Acuff, who was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame
in 2007, is recognized for her modeling, having appeared in Esquire, Maxim and FHM.
Olympic History: 2008,2004,2000,1996