Former world record holder in the javelin throw, she won bronze in the javelin competition at the 1972 Olympics in Munich and the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
She graduated from UCLA.
She was inducted into the USATF National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1994.
She grew up in Long Beach, California.
She was not able to participate in the 1980 Olympics due to a boycott ordered by President Jimmy Carter.