Suzy Powell-Roos
Personal information
BornSeptember 3, 1976 (1976-09-03) (age 47)
Modesto, California, U.S.
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight79 kg (174 lb)
Event(s)Discus throw, javelin throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)DT – 69.44 m (2002)
JT – 54.62 m (1997)[1][2]

Suzanne "Suzy" Powell-Roos (born September 3, 1976) is an American discus thrower. She competed at the 1996, 2000 and 2008 Olympics with the best result of 15th place in 2000.[1][3]

She holds the American record at 222 ft 0 in (67.67 m), which she set on March 14, 2007 in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii at the "Big Wind" Discus Challenge.[4][5] She set the world's best year performance in 2002, with a throw of 69.44 meters at the University of California, San Diego on April 27, 2002,[6] the best throw in the world since 1999. That throw was not ratified as the American record due to technical issues with the throwing sector.[7]

While in high school at Thomas Downey High School in 1994 she was named the national Girl's "High School Athlete of the Year" by Track and Field News[8] after setting the National High School Record in the discus at 214' 0" As a sophomore, she was on the American team at the IAAF World Junior Championships, finishing tenth. Two years later she took home a bronze medal from the same event.[9] She was the 1995 Pan American Junior Championships gold medalist. She later attended UCLA. She won the 1996 and 2007 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships (1996 while winning the United States Olympic Trials (track and field).[10] She was the runner up six times.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1992 World Junior Championships Seoul, South Korea 10th 46.84 m
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 3rd 52.62 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 33rd (q) 56.24 m
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 21st (q) 54.22 m
1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 7th 58.83 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 15th (q) 59.68 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 18th (q) 58.19 m
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 4th 60.00 m
World Championships Paris, France 9th 59.86 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 15th (q) 59.57 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 26th (q) 58.02 m


  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Suzy Powell-Roos". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020.
  2. ^ Suzanne Powell (née Roos).
  3. ^ Richard S. Hymans The History of the U.S. Olympic Trials Track & Field.
  4. ^ Statistics – Records. USATF. Retrieved on September 27, 2015.
  5. ^ Suzy Powell American record.
  6. ^ suzy powell discus throw AR 69.44m.
  7. ^ USA Track and Field – Features, Events, Results | Team USA. Retrieved on September 27, 2015.
  8. ^ Track and Field News High School AOY.
  9. ^ UCLA Alum Suzy Powell Named USA T&F Athlete Of The Week. May 1, 2002
  10. ^ USA Outdoor Track & Field Champions.
Achievements Preceded byNatalya Sadova Women's Discus Best Year Performance 2002 Succeeded byNatalya Sadova