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Gary Carlsen

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGary David•Carlsen
Used nameGary•Carlsen
Born12 May 1945 in Ashland, Kentucky (USA)
Measurements193 cm / 109 kg
AffiliationsSouthern California Striders, Anaheim (USA)
NOC United States


Gary Carlsen won the 1967 AAU discus title, and also placed in 1966 (4th) and 1969 (3rd). In 1967 he won the Pan Am Games and Universiade gold medals. Competing for Southern Cal (USC), Carlsen placed second at the NCAA meet to Randy Matson in both 1966-67 and was fifth in 1965.

After his track career, Carlsen attended dental school, and then did fellowship training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery in Huntington Beach, California for over 40 years. He became a Diplomate and Fellow of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, and served as President of the Orange County Dental Society, the Southern California Academy of Oral Pathology, the Southern California Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Western Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Carlsen was inducted into the prestigious American College of Dentists in 2006 and became a member of the Pierre Fauchard Society, as well as the Academy of Dentistry International. He also served as a clinical instructor at USC Dental School.

Personal Best: DT – 64.13 (210-5) (1968).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Gary Carlsen
Discus Throw, Men (Olympic) 6

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