Pam Spencer
Medal record
Women’s Athletics
Representing the  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 1979 San Juan High Jump

Pamela Ann Spencer-Marquez (born October 8, 1957) is a retired high jumper from the United States, who set her personal best on 1981-08-28, jumping 1.97 metres at a meet in Brussels, Belgium. She competed for her native country at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, finishing in eleventh place (1.85 metres).

Spencer grew up in Great Falls, Montana and attended Great Falls High School where she set state records in the high jump. She later attended Seattle Pacific University and California State University, Northridge where she graduated in 1983.[1]

Spencer is a two-time national champion (1981 and 1984), and was a member of the 1976 and of the 1980 Olympic Teams which was unable to compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. She did receive one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes.[2] In 1981, she raised the American record twice, up to her personal best of 1.97 m. Spencer was also a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team.[1]

Pam married Eric Marquez in 1982 and they have two children. They currently reside in Northridge, CA.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
 United States
1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada 27th (q) 1.70 m
1979 Pan American Games San Juan, Puerto Rico 2nd 1.87 m
1981 World Cup Rome, Italy 3rd 1.92 m
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 11th 1.85 m


  1. ^ a b Mansch, Scott (May 18, 2015). "Track: Great Falls native to coach in Pan Am Games". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ 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.
Sporting positions Preceded by Sara Simeoni Women's High Jump Best Year Performance 1981 Succeeded by Ulrike Meyfarth Preceded by Coleen Rienstra USA National High Jump Champion 1981 Succeeded by Debbie Brill Preceded by Louise Ritter USA National High Jump Champion 1984 Succeeded by Louise Ritter