1973, the Boston Globe described her as “one of a new self-confident,
unapologetic breed who refuse to play by the old rules for female athletes”, and
indeed, she was.
When you grow up in a home where
you may teethe on a discus, and have javelins for bed posts, it’s a pretty good
bet that you will become a thrower. For Maren, it was just that – a life of
growing and throwing.
At what we would consider the tender age of 11, she had already thrown the
women’s shot over 35’. Two years later, at the age of 13, she was broke her
first national record.
Her career would include 4 Olympic teams in 1968, ’72, ’76 and ’80, her first as
something of a prodigy at age 16. Along the way, she was, and still is, the only
woman to win 4 Olympic trails competitions in the shot. She was a member of 3
Pan American teams, earning a sliver medal in 1979.
Between 1967 and 1980, she WAS the women’s shot put. She won 23 national titles,
both indoors and outdoors, including a record 9 consecutive titles from 1972 to
In all, she represented the US on 20 international teams. She was the first
woman to break the 60’ barrier, and set a total of 16 national shot put records
both indoors and out. She took the outdoor record from 54’9 to 62’7 ¾ in 1979.
She was ranked number 1 in the US in the shot 11 different years.
American Record: Shot Put - 19.09 m (June 15, 1979 - )
1968 Olympics: Shot Put (11th)
1976 Olympics: Shot Put (12th)