Tia Brooks

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Tia Brooks
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1990-08-02) August 2, 1990 (age 23)
Residence Grand Rapids, Michigan
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 109 kg
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Shot put
College team Oklahoma Sooners ('09-)
Coached by Brian Blutreich
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) Shot put (outdoor): 18.47m
Shot put (indoor): 19.22m[1]

Tia Ra'shone Brooks (August 2, 1990) is an American shot putter. In 2011, she placed second in the shot put at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. In 2012, she won both events before competing at the US Olympic Trials. At the Trials, she placed third in the shot put and qualified to represent the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She placed 19th at the Olympics. Also in 2012, she was a Bowerman Award semifinalist.

She is the American collegiate record holder indoors with her personal record of 19.22 m (63 ft 012 in).

Early life[edit]

Tia Ra'shone Brooks was born August 2, 1990 in Saginaw, Michigan to parents Cyd D. Neal and David Brooks.[1][2] At East Kentwood High School, she primarily ran sprint events before her coach, John Makinen convinced her that she was better suited for throwing events.[3] Initially, she fought the change and threatened to quit track and field. "I didn't really want to throw the shot put," she explained. "I didn't want to be the stereotypical thrower ... the big girl who didn't run and wasn't athletic."[4] After a heart-to-heart talk with her mother, Brooks relinquished.[4] During high school, she was a four-time all-state honoree and a two-time regional champion. In her final year, she won the 2008 state title with a 14.65m (48' 0½"). [1] She finished second in both the discus and shot put at the Midwest Meet of Champions.[1]

Brooks is attending University of Oklahoma. During her first year, she lost feeling in her legs while lifting weights and had to be carried out on a spine board. She was diagnosed with degenerative disc disorder, two bulging discs, and a narrowing of the spine.[3] Her doctor advised her to give up the shot put, but Brooks pressed on. After a year of rehab and strength training, she returned to the sport in 2010.[3] She is scheduled to graduate from Oklahoma in 2013.[3]

Athletic career[edit]

In 2010, Brooks finished fourth in the shot put at the US Championships with a new personal best distance of 17.37 m (56 ft 1134 in).[3] In 2011, she was the runner-up in the shot put at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.[3] At the national championships, she finished fifth.[3] During the season, she upped her personal best to 18.00 m (59 ft 012 in) (outdoor) and finished the year ranked fourth in the country.[3]

In 2012, Brooks won the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championship with a distance of 19.00 m (62 ft 4 in). She went on the win the Outdoor Championships as well, turning in a throw of 18.44 m (60 ft 534 in).[3] She was named first team All-American in both the indoor and outdoor events and was a Bowerman Award semifinalist, an award given annually to the country's top track and field student-athlete.[1]

At the 2012 US Olympic Trials, Brooks threw the shot put 18.34 m (60 ft 2 in) on her second attempt.[5] The distance held up and she won third place.[3] The throw qualified her to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Afterwards she said, "It's so surreal. When I found out I made it, I cried."[5]

Brooks entered the Olympics seeded 16th. In the qualification round of the shot put, she finished 11th in her group with a distance of 17.72 m (58 ft 112 in).[6] Her throw placed her 19th overall and was well short of the 18.45 m (60 ft 614 in) necessary to make the top eight and advance to the finals.[6] Brooks was joined at the Olympics by Oklahoma teammate and close friend Brittany Borman, who won the javelin at The Olympic Trials.[7]

At the start of the 2013 season she defended her NCAA indoor title with a throw of 19.22 m (63 ft 012 in), breaking Laura Gerraughty's American collegiate record.[8]

Brooks is coached by former Olympian, Brian Blutreich.[7] Her personal best, set during 2012, is 18.47 m (60 ft 7 in) (outdoor).[3] She holds two school records in the shot put.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Brooks currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[3] She has four siblings: Tori and DeMarcus Brooks, David Brooks Jr., and Teiah Faulk.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Tia Brooks Profile". Sooner Sports. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ Tia Brooks. London2012. Retrieved on 2013-03-17.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Athlete Bios:Tia Brooks". USA Track & Field. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Jack Doles (July 17, 2012). "Kentwood's Tia Brooks throws way to London". WOOD 8 (NBC Olympics). Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Jeff Chaney (June 29, 2012). "East Kentwood grad Tia Brooks earns spot on U.S. Olympic team in shot put: 'It's been a fairy tale this year'". MLive. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Peter J. Wallner (August 6, 2012). "East Kentwood's Tia Brooks does not make Olympic finals in shot put". MLive. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Toby Neidy (July 6, 2012). "OU's Tia Brooks, Brittany Borman thrilled to have each other as Olympic teammates". The Oklahoma Daily. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ Collegiate records by Brooks and Arkansas 4x400m at NCAA Indoor Championships. IAAF (2013-03-10). Retrieved on 2013-03-17.

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