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Lisa Misipeka In the News

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Lisa is a three-time Olympian, 11 time NCAA All American, five-time NCAA Academic All American, two-time NCAA Champion, Olympic Bronze Medalist, South Carolina Woman of the Year, multiple-time Hall of Fame Inductee (South Eastern Conference "SEC", University of South Carolina, City of Riverside, Temecula Valley High School), and the first ever American Samoan Track & Field Athlete to rank 3rd in the World as well as medal in a World Championship.

Lisa traveled the world in pursuit of perfecting her sport, and she enjoyed positive press coverage along the way. Here we have assembled a representative sample of the articles about Lisa both past and present.

Catching up with former All-American and Olympian Lisa Misipeka

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Former South Carolina track and field All-American Lisa Misipeka won several Southeastern Conference titles in throw events, was a two-time NCAA Champion, and she competed in three Olympic games. When her career as an athlete ended, she was at peace with it and seamlessly moved on to the next phase of her life as a coach as well as a wife and mother...

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Former TVHS Star Now a Champion

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Lisa Misipeka - 1993 grad. Track CIF Champ, 2X NCAA champion, 11-time NCAA All-American at S Carolina, 3X Olympian.

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Five Elected to 2007 USC Ahtletic Hall of Fame

The 2007 Hall of Fame class includes a combined 42 All-American honors

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The South Carolina Lettermen's Association announced that five former Gamecock All-Americans have been elected in the 2007 USC Athletic Hall of Fame class.

The class includes: Kip Bouknight (baseball), Lisa Misipeka (track and field), Wade King (swimming), Charlotte Hamilton Giese (swimming) and Clint Mathis (soccer). The five former Gamecocks combined for 42 All-American honors in their time at Carolina.

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Throwin' Samoan enjoying third Olympic games

Lisa Misipeka might measure her on-field success in meters, but -- like the rest of us -- she remembers life in moments.

There was moving to Temecula when she was a sophomore in high school. There was watching her brothers grow up. There was starring at Temecula Valley in volleyball, basketball and track and field.

She won 12 Division I All-America honors at the University ofSouth Carolina. She became the first Samoan to win gold at theSouth Pacific Games. She competed in her first Olympics in Atlantain 1996, took third place in the 1999 World Championships, andcompeted in Sydney in 2000.

And, most recently, there was carrying the flag for American Samoa in the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics last week in Athens.

That moment, she said, likely tops them all. field.

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Samoan track and field star aspires to compete in the Olympics

Lisa Misipeka's Little Sister Follows in Big Sister's Footsteps

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Kau’ilani Maryann Wannett Tufieavi'iafalaufuta Malauulu Misipeka has done the unthinkable. An avid volleyball player, the 15-year-old hung up her knee pads this past season to try something new.

Needless to say, the athletically gifted daughter of Tufi Malauulu of Nuuuli and Keiki Misipeka of Fagatogo did her family, and the territory, proud. She literally ‘threw’ herself into track and field – a world unfamiliar to her until that point - and came out shining like a star.

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Networking at the Fall 2015 “Career Night in Sport” Event

Seeking advice, stories of inspiration and the opportunity to network with industry professionals, more than 60 UConn undergraduate students flocked to “A Career in Sports Night” on October 19, an event featuring networking opportunities and interactive discussions with more than 20 UConn alumni currently working in the sport industry.

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If She Has a Hammer

Lisa Misipeka hopes to throw at this year's Goodwill Games.

Published In: The Press-Enterprise

Lisa Misipeka graduated from the University of South Carolina in May, taking with her a long list of accomplishments - All-America honors, NCAA and Southeastern Conference track and field championships, and the distinction as the SEC's female athlete of the year as a senior. The 1993 graduate of Temecula Valley High has spent her time since then working out and waiting for a phone call.

The call she is hoping for would be from the Goodwill Games committee. The 1998 edition of Turner Broadcasting's international athletic competition will take place in New York July 19-Aug. 2. It's an invitation-only event, and Misipeka - the reigning NCAA women's champion in the hammer throw - would love to be there representing American Samoa, as she did in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

"It (would) be my first meet as a professional and (would) finally get me out there against the best in the world," Misipeka said from her home in Columbia, S.C. "I would love to go. If they called me tonight and said, `Be there tonight,' I'm gone.

"I just want to be given the opportunity to throw with the best. The world record is about 240 (feet), but the most I've ever done is 220, so it would be great to see how other women hammer throwers throw."

This is the first year the women's hammer throw will be offered at the Goodwill Games. It will also be in the 2000 Olympics.

If Misipeka does not make it to the Goodwill Games, she will focus on training for the Olympics.

She closed her collegiate career on June 6 at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., with her second NCAA title of the year and an NCAA record. Misipeka threw 209-4, two inches beyond the mark previously held by Dawn Ellerbe, a four-time NCAA champion at South Carolina.

Her first title of the year came in the 35-pound weight throw at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championships in Indianapolis.

If Misipeka makes it to the Goodwill Games, she will be American Samoa's first participant.

Misipeka became American Samoa's first Olympic competitor in track and field and its first female Olympian in Atlanta two years ago. She made it to the qualifying rounds of the women's shot put, but her longest throw of 45-1 was not enough to make the finals.

Misipeka will represent American Samoa at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

When she was approached by the Samoan national coach in 1995 about representing American Samoa, her father's native country, she didn't hesitate.

"I'm very proud and grateful for the fact that they wanted me to represent them," Misipeka said. "I wondered, should I stick with Samoa or go with the U.S.?

"But I thought about it and realized it would mean so much more to me to represent Samoa. In the U.S., they had a man who won the gold in the hammer throw who was almost unnoticed, and for American Samoa they'd be so appreciative of a gold medal."

During her five years at South Carolina, she shined in the hammer throw, discus and shot put. She now is concentrating on the hammer throw, her best event.

"Size doesn't matter in the hammer throw; it's the one who has the best technique and who trains the hardest," Misipeka said. "The shot put is a big-girl event, a brute-type thing where you have to be really strong and tall.

"With the hammer throw, you have to be very graceful and able to turn on every move. I'm 5-foot-6 and so I'm gonna go with what I got."

What she's also got is a nasty dribble and mean outside shot. She was offered full basketball and track scholarships to the University of Washington and Washington State University.

Her track coach at South Carolina didn't want her playing basketball, but every once in a while she managed to sneak out to the gym to shoot around with the guys.

"I had to," Misipeka said. "I've been playing basketball since the fifth grade.

"I would love to try out for the WNBA, maybe after the 2000 Olympics and my track career is done. I was watching some games over the weekend and seeing their mistakes, and I just wanted to be out there showing them how it should be done."

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