Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Amy Lyn Acuff (born July 14, 1975, Port Arthur, Texas) is a track and field athlete from the United States. A high jump specialist, she competed in the 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympics as a member of USA Track and Field. Her best Olympic performance came at the 2004 Games, where her jump of 1.99 m earned her fourth place in the final. Her personal best is 2.01 m, which she achieved in Zürich on August 15, 2003.
Amy Acuff established herself domestically with wins at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1995 and 1997. At the age of 22, she became the Universiade champion, edging out Monica Iagar in the 1997 high jump final. She was named the national Girl's "High School Athlete of the Year" by Track and Field News in 1993 while she was in high school.
Acuff was the winner of the 1998 Hochsprung mit Musik meeting in Arnstadt, Germany, becoming the first non-European winner in the history of the event. She went on to win at the national championships in 2001, 2003, and 2005.
In 2004, Amy Acuff's most visible appearance was on the cover page of Playboy's, "The Women of the Olympics" issue. She was also posed for "Men's magazines", such as Maxim and FHM.
Acuff appears on “Women of Summer: Strength & Beauty: A Portfolio of America’s 10 Sexiest Athletes" and across the top of the title for The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2008 Edition.