Lance Deal - Oregon22 Heritage Trail Plaque

  • Address:
    Alton Baker Park
    Eugene OR 97401

PLEASE NOTE: This plaque has been damaged and is being repaired. Lance Deal was born in 1961 and graduated from Montana State University. He won the silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for the hammer throw. He was four time Olympian and 21-time national champion. Lance was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2014. Lance lives in Eugene, where he was a throws coach for the University of Oregon. He also served as the Director of Track & Field Venues and Program Support. Today he is a licensed massage therapist and owns Lance Deal Manufacturing, making and selling hammer cages and discus cages. Lance is listed in the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.  An Oregon22 Heritage Trail plaque honoring Lance Deal is located at Alton Baker Park in Eugene, posted near a former hammer throw site at the intersection of Day Island Rd and the Autzen path. In honor of the first World Athletics Championships in the United States, the Oregon22 Heritage Trail celebrates 22 of Oregon’s iconic track and field stars with commemorative plaques developed by the Museum of World Athletics (MOWA). The plaques are located in the athletes’ hometowns or at locations meaningful to the athletes. Oregon22 Heritage Trail plaque eligibility was based on four criteria: achieving global medal status, no doping violations or connection to doping, retired from professional competition, and a resident connection to Oregon before or beyond college competition. The eight women and 14 men selected to be part of the Oregon22 Heritage Trail have combined for nine Olympic gold medals, four Olympic silver medals, eight Olympic bronze medals and numerous indoor and outdoor World Athletics Championships medals. Goodwill Games medalists and World Cross Country Championships medalists are also being honored.

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