C. J. Hunter
|Full name||Cottrell James Hunter, III|
December 14, 1968 |
Cottrell James "C. J." Hunter III (born December 14, 1968) is an American former shot putter and coach. He was the 1999 World Champion, but is perhaps best known for his involvement in the BALCO scandal and as the onetime spouse of sprinter Marion Jones. His personal best was 71' 9", (21,87 m) thrown during a 2nd-place finish in the 2000 US Olympic Trials. A month later he was tested positive for the performance-enhancing steroid Nandrolone at the Bislett Games, which was revealed before he had been scheduled to compete in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. He had previously competed at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, finishing seventh.
The 6'1", 330 lb Hunter was a three-time All-American at Penn State University, where he still holds the outdoor and indoor shot put record (65'5" and 64'4½", or 19.93 m and 19.62 m respectively). He earned his B.A. in political science there in 1991. Hunter first began throwing the shot after repeatedly failing to make the basketball team at Hyde Park, New York's Franklin D. Roosevelt Senior High School.
Hunter met Jones in 1998, while a coach with the University of North Carolina track team. He resigned his position there to conform with school rules that prohibited coach-athlete dating. They married on October 3, 1998, only to divorce in 2002 following the publicity surrounding the BALCO scandal. Hunter currently resides in Apex, North Carolina with his two children from a previous marriage, Ahny and Coryatt.