Doug Nordquist

Doug Nordquist
Personal information
Born (1958-12-20) December 20, 1958 (age 64)
San Gabriel, California, United States[1]
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight79 kg (174 lb)
ClubTiger International
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing the  United States
Goodwill Games
Gold medal – first place 1986 Moscow High jump
Silver medal – second place 1990 Seattle High jump

Douglas Nordquist (born December 20, 1958, in San Gabriel, California) is a retired male high jumper from the United States, who competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics where he ended up in fifth place with a jump of 2.29 metres.[2] He was TAC high jump champion in 1986 and 1988,[3] and placed second at the 1984 Olympic Trials behind distant cousin Dwight Stones.[4] He competed for Sonora High School, finishing a three-way tie for third place at the 1977 CIF California State Meet,[5] Fullerton Community College,[6] Washington State University where he was coached by 1968 Olympian[7] Rick Sloan and Tiger International. He was a practitioner of Washington State's specialized weight training for high jumpers[8] He set his personal record of 2.36m while finishing second at the TAC National Championships at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California on June 15, 1990. That jump currently ranks Nordquist tied as the 25th best performer in history.[9] For his athletic achievements, Nordquist was inducted into the Washington State University Hall of Fame in 2015[10] and was an inaugural inductee to the Fullerton College Track and Field Wall of Fame in 2019.[11]

Doug Nordquist was a highly decorated director for the California High School Entertainment Unit,[12] winning first place awards with the band. Nordquist retired from teaching at the end of the 2019–2020 school year and was honored as the Whittier Teacher of the Year, an award previously given to his father in 1986.[13]

His personal bests in the event are 2.36 metres outdoors (Norwalk 1990) and 2.31 metres indoors (Genk 1987).[14]

1993 at age 34, Nordquist competed at the Masters level winning high jump.[15]

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 5th 2.29 m
1986 Goodwill Games Moscow, Soviet Union 1st 2.34 m
1990 Goodwill Games Seattle, United States 2nd 2.30 m


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  5. ^ "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  6. ^ Retrieved 2010-09-23. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Rick Sloan at Sports Reference
  8. ^ Foran, Bill (April 1985). "Track and Field: Washington State University Weight training for the high jump". Strength & Conditioning Journal. 7 (2): 48–49. doi:10.1519/0744-0049(1985)007<0048:WSUWTF>2.3.CO;2.
  9. ^ "100 Metres - women - senior - outdoor - 2021".
  10. ^ "Athletics Hall of Fame | Patterson Wall of Honor | Washington State University".
  11. ^ "Track & Field: Hornet Olympians Honored". 15 February 2019. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  12. ^ "Whittier Union High School District / Whittier Union High School District". Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
  13. ^ "ALL GOOD NEWS: Longtime Whittier band director named Teacher of the Year". 12 June 2020.
  14. ^ All-Athletics profile
  15. ^ Masters West Region Meet Record. [1] Retrieved Jun 4, 2022

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