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Sharon Callahan

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSharon Marie•Callahan (-McKniff)
Used nameSharon•Callahan
Born25 March 1952 in Whittier, California (USA)
Died30 April 2015
Measurements186 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsCrown Cities TC, Pasadena (USA)
NOC United States


Competing for the Crown Cities Track Club, Sharon Callahan won the 1968 US Olympic Trials in the high jump, while still a student at Whittier LaSerne High School in California. She also placed third that year in the AAU Championships in the high jump.

After marrying John McKniff, Sharon Callahan-McKniff raised two sons, but still worked as a paralegal when she could. She was a volunteer track coach at Sabino High School in Tucson, Arizona, and spent time with the cancer survivor organization Better Than Ever, where she worked as a trainer, and with the Saddlebrooke Rotary Club and Catalina Food and Clothing Bank.

Personal Best: HJ – 5-7¼ [1.71] (1968).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Sharon Callahan
High Jump, Women (Olympic) 22 r1/2