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Dorothy Dodson

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDorothy Lucille•Dodson (-Kenny, -Kotzenborn)
Used nameDorothy•Dodson
Born28 March 1919 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Died24 June 2003 in Dunedin, Florida (USA)
Measurements160 cm / 55 kg
AffiliationsDempsey Hurricanes
NOC United States


Dorothy Dodson was a weight thrower who represented the Dempsey Hurricanes Track Club. Although she competed at the 1948 Olympics in the shot put, discus throw, and javelin throw, she was a javelin specialist. Dodson won the US women’s javelin title for 11 consecutive years, 1939-49. She also won AAU titles in the discus in 1946 and the shot put in 1944, and 1946-47. Dodson won the 1948 US Olympic Trials with the jav, which doubled as the AAU Championship.

Personal Bests: DT – 113-11 [34.72] (1948); JT – 42.77 (1948).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Dorothy Dodson
Shot Put, Women (Olympic) NP r1/2
Discus Throw, Women (Olympic) 16
Javelin Throw, Women (Olympic) 4