Cheryl Abplanalp

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Cheryl Abplanalp
Personal information
Born (1972-06-01) June 1, 1972 (age 51)
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)

Cheryl Abplanalp Thompson (born June 1, 1972) is an American handball player. She competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Abplanalp was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.[2] She played field hockey, basketball and softball at Great Valley High School in Chester County, Pennsylvania.[3]

She was a three-sport athlete at Davis and Elkins College and co-captain of the field hockey, basketball and softball teams. She was named Davis And Elkins College Athlete of the year in 1993-94, and graduated from Davis and Elkins in 1994.[4]


Abplanalp began playing team handball and became the youngest player for Team USA at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.[3] In 2001, she was inducted into the Davis and Elkins College Hall of Fame.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Abplanalp married John Thompson and they have a son and daughter together.[3]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Cheryl Abplanalp". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "Cheryl Abplanalp Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Archived from the original on April 18, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Dyroff, Denny (June 22, 2017). "Kinzie Thompson excels in classroom, community and on the athletic field". Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Cheryl Abplanalp Thompson (2001) - Hall of Fame". Davis and Elkins College Athletics.
  5. ^ "CHERYL ABPLANALP THOMPSON". Retrieved November 1, 2019.