Marilyn King
King at the 1972 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1949-05-21) May 21, 1949 (age 74)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
ClubMillbrae Lions
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 mH – 13.7 (1976)
HJ – 1.78 m (1976)
LJ – 6.34 m (1976)[1][2]

Marilyn Elizabeth King (born May 21, 1949) is an American former pentathlete. In 1971 she won the AAU title and placed fourth at the Pan American Games. She finished 17th at the 1976 Summer Olympics.[1] At the 1972 Games King failed to complete her program due to an ankle injury.[3] While preparing for the 1980 Moscow Olympics she injured her lower back in a car crash. She managed to recover and place second at the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials, but could not attend the Games due to their boycott by the United States.[3][4]

King graduated from the California State University, East Bay. She founded Beyond Sports, an organization that applies imagery to a wide range of individual and social concerns, such as world peace.[1]

King was inducted into the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Marilyn King Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Track and Field Statistics". Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Jack Canfield; Mark Victor Hansen; Amy Newmark (2011). Chicken Soup for the Soul: Woman to Woman: Women Sharing Their Stories of Hope, Humor, and Inspiration. Simon and Schuster. pp. 175–. ISBN 978-1-61159-184-2.
  4. ^ Lin Coughlin; Ellen Wingard; Keith Hollihan (2011). Enlightened Power: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 514–. ISBN 978-1-118-04680-7.