Sport: Track and Field
Country: United States
An aggressive high jump competitor, Acuff competed in the 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympics as a member of USA Track and Field. Her personal best is 2.01 m, which she achieved in Zürich on August 15, 2003. Acuff graduated from Calallen High School in Corpus Christi, Texas
Acuff lives in Austin, Texas, and is an alumna of UCLA where she was inducted into the UCLA Bruins Hall of Fame in 2007.
Acuff is distantly related to country musician Roy Acuff (her grandfather’s second cousin). (Acuff-Ecoff Family Archives)
Acuff's championships include:
Acuff is also known for her career as a model. She organized the 2000 Omni Lite Millennium Calendar of Champions, featuring nude (or semi-nude) photos of Acuff and 11 other U.S. female track and field stars, with half the proceeds going to the Florence Griffith-Joyner Foundation.
Acuff's cover appearances include:
Esquire, “Women of Summer: Strength & Beauty: A Portfolio of America’s 10 Sexiest Athletes”
“Men's magazines”, such as Maxim and FHM
The 2004 Olympics were noted for the large number of female Olympians who posed nude—following in the footsteps of the 2000 Matildas and the Omni calendar. Of the 2004 examples the most visible was Acuff's appearance on the cover and within Playboy's, “The Women of the Olympics” issue.
Acuff appears across the top of the title for The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2008 Edition.
Women Athletes for Track and Field