Leslie Deniz
Personal information
Full nameLeslie Jean Deniz
BornMay 25, 1962 (1962-05-25) (age 61)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1984 Los Angeles Discus throw
Pan American Junior Athletics Championships
Gold medal – first place 1980 Sudbury Discus throw

Leslie Jean Deniz (born May 25, 1962) is an American athlete who competed mainly in the women's discus throw event.

Deniz was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in Gridley, California, where she attended area schools, graduating from Gridley High School in 1980. While there she twice improved the NFHS national high school record in the discus throw to 172' 11" which lasted for two years.[1] Deniz was adopted into a long time dairy farming family.

She competed for the United States in the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, U.S. in the Discus where she won the Silver medal. Leslie attended Arizona State University in Tempe after graduating from Gridley High School in 1980. Her teammate at ASU, Ria Stalman, won the 1984 Olympic gold medal in a tight competition.

Deniz completed her BA and MA and worked as a police officer and administrator with the Yuba City Police Department.

Deniz worked four years as the chief of police at California State University, Chico until late September 2006.[2]

Deniz continues her committed work in law enforcement.

She is currently a professor of criminal justice studies at Woodland Community College.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) National High School Record Book
  2. ^ http://www.chicoer.com/newshome/ci_4365408[permanent dead link]