Dame Valerie Adams
About Valerie

Dame Valerie Adams is undoubtedly the most dominant track and field star New Zealand has ever produced.

From 2006-2014 Dame Valerie was unbeaten in major championships, enjoying an unprecedented winning streak in world athletics of 107 competitions during that period. Her major wins included back-to-back Olympic gold at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games, and four world championship titles.

In 2016, Dame Valerie added silver to her Olympic medal collection at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and was later appointed as a Dame of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Athletics.

As a mother of two, Dame Valerie continued to compete at the top level and won bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (postponed to 2021) whilst also coaching younger sister Lisa to her gold medal win at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in the shootout.

She announced she would be hanging up her throwing shoes in March 2022 and will continue to coach her sister Lisa as well as spend more time with her family, work in her community and with her sponsors. Dame Valerie is a leader and role model in the Pacific community and seven-time Halberg sportswoman of the year is a lively and engaging speaker and personality.

Career Highlights

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2021

Olympic Bronze Medallist

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2018

Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist
(2018, 2002)

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2017

Named a Dame Companion in the New Zealand Order of Merit

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2016

Olympic Silver Medalist

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2016

IAAF World Indoor Championships Bronze Medalist
(Portland 2016)

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2014

Commonwealth Games Flag Bearer
(Glasgow)

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2014

IAAF Female Athlete of the Year

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2014

Commonwealth Games Gold Medalists
(2014, 2010, 2006)

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2014

NZOC Lonsdale Cup
(2014, 2013, 2011, 2007, 2006)

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2014

IAAF Indoor World Championships Gold Medalist
(Sopot 2014, Istanbul 2012, Doha 2010, Valencia 2008)

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2013

IAAF World Championships Gold Medalist
(Moscow 2013, Daegu 2011, Berlin 2009, Osaka 2007)

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2012

Halberg Sportswoman of the Year
(2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006)

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2012

Olympic Gold Medalist
(2012, 2008)

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2005

IAAF World Championship Silver Medalist
(Helsinki 2005)
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