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Mary Decker

Chronology

1958 Born August 4 in Bunnvale, New Jersey
1968 The Decker family relocates to southern California
1969 Enters and wins her first running competition, a parks board cross-country race
1972 Recognized as a world-class runner, but is too young to try out for the 1972 Olympics
1974 X-rays reveal several improperly healed stress fractures in her lower legs
1976 As a high school senior, misses the chance to compete in the 1976 Olympics due to her stress fractures
1977-78 Attends University of Colorado at Boulder on a track scholarship
1980 Sets American record in the 800-meter race and world records in the 880-yard and 1,500-meter races
1980 Qualifies for and is favored to medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, which she misses due to the American boycott of the Games
1981 Marries Ron Tabb
1983 Divorces Ron Tabb
1984 Favored to medal in the 3,000-meter event at the Los Angeles Olympics, but gets her feet tangled with South African runner, Zola Budd; Decker stumbles over the railing into the infield, pulling a hip muscle and falling out of the race
1984 Unable to compete for the rest of the year due to hip injury sustained at the Olympics
1985 Marries Richard Slaney
1986 Misses the 1986 indoor and outdoor running seasons due to the birth of her daughter, Ashley
1987 Misses 1987 outdoor season because of injuries
1988 Misses 1988 indoor season because of injuries
1988 Qualifies for the 1988 Olympic team, but does not medal
1992 Fails to qualify for the 1992 Olympic team
1996 Qualifies for the 1996 Olympic team, but does not medal
1997 At the age of 38, in her first appearance at the U.S. Indoor Championships in 23 years, wins the women's 1,500-meter run
1998 Tests positive for a high level of testosterone, and undergoes a series of related court hearings to determine if she is on steroids
1999 Her name is cleared by the U.S. Track Federation, but the International Federation removes her name from all post-1996 records

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