Carl Schueler
Personal information
Full nameCarl Francis Schueler
Born (1956-02-26) February 26, 1956 (age 67)
Newburyport, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight154 lb (70 kg)
Country United States
Updated on July 27, 2013.

Carl Francis Schueler (born February 26, 1956, in Newburyport, Massachusetts) is a retired male race walker from the United States. Schueler was a four time olympian and the first American to walk the 50k under 4 hours.


Schueler qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team but was unable to compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. He did however receive one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes.[1] He was a four time Olympian (1980–1992) and competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics during his career.

Personal life

He has two daughters named Ellie and Margy, and is married to Debora VanOrden, a twice first alternate Olympic team racewalker. Schueler lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Personal bests


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 6th 50 km 3:59:46
Pan American Race Walking Cup Bucaramanga, Colombia 4th 50 km 4:20:56
1985 World Race Walking Cup St John's, Isle of Man 19th 50 km 4:13:14
1986 Pan American Race Walking Cup Saint Léonard, Canada 9th 20 km 1:25:04
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 16th 50 km 3:57:09
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 23rd 50 km 3:57:44
Pan American Race Walking Cup Mar del Plata, Argentina 6th 20 km 1:31:39
1990 Pan American Race Walking Cup Xalapa, México 7th 20 km 1:28:21
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan DNF 50 km
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 23rd 50 km 4:13:38

While living in Bethesda, Maryland, Schueler assisted in founding Potomac Valley Track Club, and its annual race walker of the year award is named after him in commemoration for the work he did for them.


  1. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry (2008). Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, Illinois: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.