Valarie Allman – 2021
On August 2, Longmont’s Valerie Allman proved herself to be the greatest women’s discus thrower in the world when she put up a gold-medal-worthy performance on the field at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The 26-year-old Silver Creek High School graduate out-distanced all of her competitors in the discus finals when she threw for 68.98 meters – that’s 226 feet and 3.75 inches for those of you who don’t speak metric. Not only was it gold-medal-worthy, but it was the best throw in American Olympic history; the record came on her first attempt before fouling on the next two. Allman is just the third U.S. woman to win Olympic gold in the discus, it happened in 1932 & 2008.
Checking off the final box in what is the best season ever by an American woman in the discus, Allman bettered her own American record with a massive 71.16 meters (233 feet, 5 inches) throw at the ISTAF meet in Berlin in mid-September. Her throw moved her to No. 18 on the all-time world performer list and gave her nine of the 10 farthest throws ever by an American. The Olympic champion also added the Diamond League title to her trophy case with a win at Zurich three days before her big throw in Berlin, becoming the first American to ever win the crown in that event. The best in the world? That’s tough to beat. And that’s why Valerie Allman is our Sportswoman of the Year.