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Olympian brings golden message to Merced

Stephanie Brown Trafton hopes her gold medal winning toss of 64.74 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was the start of a new era in discuss throwing.

In a sport that's been plagued by the scandal of performance enhancing drugs, the U.S. Olympian is the poster child for doing it the right way.

That's part of the message Brown Trafton will share when she passes through Merced County today.

"I'm going to be talking to the UC Merced sports organizing body, telling them about my experiences," said Brown Trafton, who will also make an appearance at Winton Middle School later in the day. "Staying away from performance enhancing drugs is definitely always a part of our message.

"But not only that, I talk about taking care of your body in general.

"The potential is there for these kids to be the ambassadors to a new era of throwing."

If it truly is a new era, Brown Trafton gets credit for being one of the founders.

The Galt resident and former Cal Poly San Luis Obispo star became the first U.S. athlete to earn a track and field gold medal in Beijing.

Brown Trafton became the first U.S. woman to earn a medal in the discus in 76 years and plans on defending her gold in 2012.

Brown Trafton Bio

BORN: Dec. 1, 1979.


OLYMPIC FEATS: Won the first U.S. track and field gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Became the first U.S. won to win gold in the discus in 76 years.