Al Feuerbach
Feuerbach in 1974
Personal information
Birth nameAllan Dean Feuerbach
Born (1948-01-14) January 14, 1948 (age 76)
Preston, Iowa, U.S.
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight120 kg (265 lb)
Event(s)Shot put, discus throw
ClubPacific Coast Club, Long Beach
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)SP – 21.82 m (1973)
DT – 54.30 m (1970)
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1971 Cali Shot put

Allan "Al" Dean Feuerbach (born January 14, 1948) is a former American track and field athlete. He competed in the shot put at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics and finished in fifth and fourth place, respectively. He missed the 1980 Games due to the boycott by the United States. He did however receive one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the athletes.[1]

On May 5, 1973, he broke Randy Matson's seven-year-old world record in the shot put by throwing 21.82 meters (71' 7") at the San Jose Invitational at San Jose State College.[2] Just weeks later, competing in a different sport, olympic-style weight lifting, he finished first in the heavyweight division at the U.S. weightlifting championships. Feuerbach currently works as a freelance audio technologist.

He was a four time American champion in the shot put,[3] plus he added three indoor championships[4] and a AAA Championships.

In 2016, he was elected into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.[5]

He later became a sound engineer, working with CNBC.[6]


  1. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry (2008). Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Al Feuerbach". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020.
  3. ^ USA Track & Field – USA Outdoor Track & Field Champions. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  4. ^ USA Track & Field – USA Indoor Track & Field Champions. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "USA Track & Field - Al Feuerbach". January 14, 1948. Retrieved September 8, 2022.
  6. ^ @janewells (November 1, 2019). "Beginning of story about Feuerbach" (Tweet). Retrieved November 1, 2019 – via Twitter.

Records Preceded by Randy Matson Men's shot put world record holder May 5, 1973 – February 21, 1976 Succeeded by Terry Albritton