Augie Wolf

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Augie Wolf
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the United States United States
U.S. Indoor National Championship
Gold medal – first place 1984 New York Shot put
Silver medal – second place 1989 New York Shot put
U.S. Outdoor National Championship
Gold medal – first place 1984 Shot put

August Louis "Augie" Wolf (September 3, 1961) is an American former field athlete known for throwing the shot put. He is a graduate of Princeton University. He is a former United States indoor shot put national champion, United States outdoor shot put national champion, and an Olympian. A member of the Republican Party, he sought the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate for Connecticut in 2016 against Democratic incumbent Richard Blumenthal. He was defeated at the state Republican convention by state representative from Bethel, Dan Carter.[1]


Wolf studied and trained at Princeton University from 1979-1983, becoming the record-holder in the Ivy League with a throw of 67-2. After training in Leverkusen Germany with TSV Bayer 04 he placed 2nd in the 1984 Olympic Trials, earning a spot on the American team at the 1984 Summer Olympics, placing fourth in the shot put competition.[2] Wolf won the Indoor National title at the February 1984 USA-Mobil Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Madison Square Garden with a throw of 69 feet 0.75 inches (21.05 m).[3] He was the 1984 United States National champion.[4] Wolf placed fifth at the 1983 World University Games in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[5] Wolf's career personal bests were 21.73 metres (71 ft 3.5 in) in the shot put and 63.73 metres (209 ft 1.1 in) in the discus throw.[5]

During his athletic career, Wolf was involved in one drug testing violation. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) initially banned Wolf for life after ruling he had refused post-match testing on July 7, 1985 in Byrkjelo, Norway.[6] Supported by the USA Track & Field Federation, he appealed citing errors in the testing notification. The ban was reduced to an eighteen-month suspension and he returned to competition in 1987.[7][8]


Wolf was raised in St. Paul, Minnesota,[9] and is a 1983 graduate of Princeton University.[10] He works for Lebenthal Wealth Advisors[citation needed] and is on the Board of Holborn.

He has four children.[11][12] One son, A.J., born 1994, redshirted as a college football sophomore defensive tackle for the 2014 Blue Devils.[13] A.J. was a four-time New York State NYSAIS Champion in the shot put and discus, and a Junior National shot put champion.[12] He was also a four-year letterman and two-time New York State Sportswriters Association (NYSSWA) All-State selection in football.[14] Son Alexander was 2014 Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year in the State of Connecticut and will attended and play for Dartmouth College in 2014.[15] Son Andrew will attend University of Connecticut in 2014. Daughter Abbie will be a junior at Greenwich High School.[citation needed]

Wolf founded and leads US Athletic Trust, a sport NGO providing support and advocacy for American Olympic athletes, and was named Trustee of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation in 2014. He is also on the Board of the Friends of Princeton Track.[citation needed]


Wolf is an American politician who sought to be the 2016 Republican candidate for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat, currently held by Democrat Richard Blumenthal. He was defeated by state representative Dan Carter at the state Republican convention on May 9, securing less than the 15% of delegates required for an automatic primary.[16] On May 11, Wolf announced that he would attempt to force a primary by collecting the signatures of 8,079 registered Republicans by June 7.[17]

On October 19, 2015, billionaire, industrialist David Koch held a fundraiser for three Senators and August Wolf in his campaign for United States Senate against Blumenthal.[18]

On June 1, 2016, The Hartford Courant reported that a former campaign staffer Samantha Menh filed a suit against the Campaign, August Wolf, and Campaign manager Baylor Myers, alleging breach of contract. The lawsuit also claimed Wolf violated federal and Connecticut campaign laws, and cited several unsubstantiated claims of untoward behavior.[19] It was said by the attorney representing Baylor Myers that "we will present evidence that Ms. Menh had planned to quit her job with that previous employer and bring a false claim of sexual harassment to leverage a settlement. The allegations made in this lawsuit are false and we can prove it.” [20]

On June 1, 2016 Wolf released this statement:"I was shocked and appalled by the outrageous claims made in this lawsuit. I did not and would never engage in this type of behavior and neither would anyone on the campaign. The allegations are completely baseless. They are an obvious attempt by a former contractor to extort money at a critical time in the campaign, which she did over the last 5 days. I’m not going to tolerate it. I am going to defend this vigorously. It is no coincidence that the attorney representing Mrs. Menh is a democrat operative and fundraiser. It shows the lengths the Democrats will go to stop me from beating Richard Blumenthal. The reality is Ms. Menh was struggling in her work due to poor organizational skills, reckless decision making, and unethical professional and personal behavior. We attempted to resolve these issues and keep her on the staff, yet she voluntarily tendered her resignation. We engaged Ms. Menh with great hopes; we are very sad to see it end this way."

2016 Connecticut Republican State Convention[edit]

Candidate Delegates Percentage
Dan Carter 907 76.7%
August Wolf 123 10.4%
Jack Orchulli 20 1.7%
Not Present 132 11.2%

After gaining the support of over 17% of the delegates in the first round of voting (over the 15% hurdle for ballot access), Wolf's supporters were then aggressively lobbied by Super Delegates, and about 50 switched to Carter before the final tally. Upon failing to secure 15% of the delegates at the State Republican Convention, Wolf decided to petition onto the primary ballot.[21]

He failed to gather the required signatures of 2% of registered Republican voters, 8,079, and the state Secretary of State verified just 5,280 signatures on June 21, 2016. August Wolf failed to force a primary with party endorsed candidate Dan Carter.[22] He then suspended his campaign.[23]

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  1. ^ "Dan Carter wins Connecticut's Republican Senate nomination". WTNH. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  2. ^ Longman, Jere (2011-04-28). "Diverse Interests, One Goal". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  3. ^ Rosenthal, Bert (1984-02-25). "Unenthused Lewis Win Indoor Long Jump Titles". The Press-Courier. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  4. ^ "USA Outdoor Track & Field Champions: Men's Shot Put". USA Track & Field. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  5. ^ a b "Augie Wolf". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Nehemiah, Gault May Be Eligible". Herald-Journal. 1986-02-23. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  7. ^ Litsky, Frank (1985-10-15). "Shot-putter Banned for Refusing Test". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  8. ^ Moore, Kenny (1988-07-25). "The Old Men and the Discus". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  9. ^ Litsky, Frank (1981-06-05). "Wolf of Princeton Has Large Talents". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Athletic Trust: Founders". U.S. Athletic Trust. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Athletic Trust: Augie Wolf". U.S. Athletic Trust. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  12. ^ a b "A.J. Wolf Bio". Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  13. ^ "Team: Duke: Year: 2012 Thru 01/12/13: Player: A.J. Wolf". National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  14. ^ "#93 A.J. Wolf". Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  15. ^ "Connecticut Boys Basketball POY: Alex Wolf". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  16. ^ "State Rep Dan Carter Wins GOP Nomination for State Senate Run". The Patch. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  17. ^ Altimari, Daniela (May 11, 2016). "Rejected by GOP, An Angry August Wolf Seeks Primary". Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 21, 2016. 
  18. ^ Radelat, Ana (2015-10-19). "Koch brother hosting fundraiser for Blumenthal rival". The Connecticut Mirror. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  19. ^ Blair, Russell (2016-06-01). "August Wolf Accused Of Sexual Harassment In Lawsuit By Ex-Staffer". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
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  21. ^ Pazniokas, Mark (2016-05-11). "Wolf to petition for Senate primary, calls GOP convention 'rigged'". The Connecticut Mirror. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  22. ^ Pazniokas, Mark (2016-06-21). "With parting shot at 'insiders,' August Wolf folds his campaign". The Connecticut Mirror. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  23. ^ Menti, Gregory (2016-06-21). "News Alert: August Wolf suspends senate campaign". The Weston Forum. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 

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