Birthday: December 14th, 1954
Current Residence : Woodbridge, VA
Hometown: Kenosha, WI
College: University of Notre Dame, Ohio State
University College of Law
20 km - 1:27:09
WMA 5 km bronze medallist (2003); member US World Cup team (1979, 81, 87, 89); AR 1500 and 3000 meters (1990); US National Champion – 10 km (1977); 15 km (1990); 40 km (1999)
A Department of Justice Attorney, Steve Pecinovsky, could be the first DOJ attorney in U.S. history to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in track and field. Steve Pecinovsky, who has been actively competing in U.S. National Championships since 1977 when he won the 10 kilometer racewalk National Championships, is training to race for a slot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team at the U.S. Olympic Trials this February.
In July 2003, racing for the United States, he won the bronze medal at the World Masters’ Track and Field Championships in the 5 kilometer racewalk in Puerto Rico. In June 2003, wearing his DOJ singlet, he twice broke an American masters’ record for the 3 kilometer racewalk. In March 2003, racing for DOJ, he set American masters’ records for the 15 kilometer and 20 kilometer racewalks. In February 2003, he was the first coach in U.S. history to win team gold medals in the 20 kilometer and 50 kilometer racewalks at the Pan Am Cup.
In February 2000, while on active duty in the Air Force, he was the first Colonel in U.S. history to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in track and field. In 1999, he was first in the 40 kilometer National Championships, beating all of the elite athletes and setting a personal best time of 3:29:14, averaging just over 8 minutes per mile for 24 miles. In 1990, in a single track meet and in the course of one hour, Pecinovsky set two American records in the 1500 and 3000 meter racewalks. In 1989, he won the National Championships for the 15 kilometer race walk. Selected as the Air Force Athlete of the Year in 1989, he has continued to win first place awards and is in top shape to compete for an Olympic slot for the 50 kilometer race walk event. He’s come a long way since 1973, when he set the National High School Record in the one mile race walk, and 1980, when he competed in his first Olympic Trials.
Pecinovsky’s selection for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials would make for a record six Olympic Trials and, at age 49, would make him the oldest athlete to compete in the 2004 Olympic Trials in track and field. Pecinovsky works in the Civil Rights Division of DOJ as a Deputy Chief of Employment Litigation. "I would be proud to represent the United States Department of Justice at the Olympic Trials," said Pecinovsky. "It's every athlete's dream to compete to make the U.S. Olympic Team."
2003: WMA 5 km bronze medallist; AR (master’s 45-49) 3000 meters, 15 km, 20 km
1990 6th - 1:28:01 1987 8th - 1:28:31 1984 10th - 1:27:09 1983 9th - 1:30:59 1981 6th - 1:31:50 1980 7th - 1:28:31 1979 9th - 1:33:32
1988 1999 10th - 4:38:18 1994 8th - 4:33:50 1986 7th - 4:30:55 1981 7th - 4:32:53
1984 3000M - 11:44.0
1999 40K - 3:29.15 1989 15K - 1:07:12 1977 10K - 49:46
20K World Cup
1989 – DQ – L'Hositalet, Spain
1987 – 84th – 1:33:45 – NYC, USA
1981 – DQ – Valencia, Spain
1979 – 45th – 1:37:22 – Eschborn, WG
50K Pan Am Cup
1994 – 10th – 4:33:50 – Atlanta, USA