Ken Flax

In Their Own Words

Ken Flax 1.2 (2)

 

Hammer  Throw
1988 & 1992 Olympics
12th & 13th Maccabiah
 | Medals: 2 Gold

A native of San Francisco, Ken started competing in Track & Field as a student at Redwood High School in the early ‘80’s.  A turning point in his career came at the North Coast Section Meet, when he was the No. 2 All-Time Marin County shot-putter.  Ken began throwing the Hammer for the University of Oregon in 1982.  That same year he won the USA Junior National Championships and competed in the Junior Pan Am Games in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1984 Ken was the Pac-10 Conference Hammer champion and earned All-American Honors and the 1986 NCAA Championship, breaking the NCAA record three times, which still stands as the American Collegiate Record.

In addition to his Olympic and Maccabiah experiences, Ken competed in three World University Games winning a bronze medal and in 1991, won a gold medal, beating the former number-one-ranked Hammer Thrower in the world, Heinz Weis.

He has been inducted into the Redwood High School and University of Oregon Athletic Halls of Fame and serves on the Board of Directors for the USA Track & Field Foundation.  Ken is a Senior Vice-President of investments for UBS Financial Services and resides in Los Altos with his wife Kristin and his son. 

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