Previous world record holder in the javelin throw, she received bronze in the javelin competition in the 1972 Olympics in Munich as well as the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. She graduated from UCLA. She was inducted in to the USATF Country wide Monitor and Field Hall of Popularity in 1994. She was raised in Long Seaside, California. She had not been able to take part in the 1980 Olympics because of a boycott purchased by Leader Jimmy Carter.