John Godina

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John Godina
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Born May 31, 1972

John Carl Godina (born May 31, 1972 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma) is an American shot putter, whose record includes three World Championship wins and two Olympic medals. He also competes in discus.

High school years[edit]

While attending Cheyenne Central High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Godina was a letterman in football and outdoor track and field. He was an All-State honoree, and an All-American in both sports.

College years and olympics[edit]

At college level, competing for UCLA, he won three outdoor NCAA championship victories, two in discus and one in shot put. His 1995 NCAA Outdoor shot put title was a national record, at the time with a throw of 22.00 meters (72'2.25"). In 1995, he won his first World Championship title in shot put, adding additional titles in 1997, and 2001. In the same discipline, he finished second in the 1996 Olympics and third in the 2000 Olympics. He also qualified to those same Olympics in the Discus, the first American to qualify in both since Bud Houser in 1924[1] and he finished 8th in the 2004 Olympics in the Shot Put.[2] He retired in 2009 after suffering through injuries at the 2008 Olympic Trials.[1]

Godina is one of the most decorated shot putters in U.S. athletics history. His legacy compares well with Parry O'Brien, who won two Olympic gold medals (1952, 1956) and one silver medal (1960), placed fourth in the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, and broke the world record 17 times.

Godina was named to the Mt. SAC Relays Hall of Fame in 2010. His coach Art Venegas was named to the Hall in 2011.[3]

World Throws Center[edit]

John has a throwing academy in five different locations, two in California (Sacramento and San Ramon). The other three are located in Arizona (Phoenix, Mesa and Glendale).[4]

Godina trains top international athletes like Vikas Gowda, Suzy Powell and Dan Taylor.[5]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 2nd 20.79 m (SP)
1997 IAAF Grand Prix Final Fukuoka, Japan 3rd 65.56 m (DT)
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st 21.87 m (SP)
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 9th 20.19 m (SP)

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