Jennifer Dahlgren (born 21 April 1984) is an Argentine hammer thrower. Having spent much of her life in the United States, she competed as an amateur for the University of Georgia. She set the US collegiate hammer record (72.94/ 239′ 3½”) and was the NCAA Outdoor Champion in both 2006 (weight throw and hammer) and 2007 (hammer). She is a three-time gold medallist at the South American Championships and won the bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. Jenny threw also the Argentine national record of 73.74m (241′ 11″) which is by the way also the South American Record as well. She is 30 years old, living and training in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Jenny placed 10th.
What do you need to work on, improve?
In the last couple of years, for one reason or another, I haven’t had the competitive results I trained for. I think its a common mistake, after achieving some good results, to want to listen to outside coaches for help, or to want to add new things or try tweaks to your technique to get even better results… and I fell into that a bit instead of just keeping steady with ‘my throw’. So at the end of this year my Coach and I had a really good, long talk… and we are back to basics really. We are doing a long (18 week) base of training and we are looking for my best style-rythm of throwing and just really smoothing it all out. We want something big this year and heading into the final two year stretch of Rio 2016.
Where will you be living this winter?
I live and train in Buenos Aires, at the Argentine National Training Center and I will be here all summer (winter for the northern hemisphere, beautiful hot sticky weather for us)
Who are you training with?
Marcelo Pugliese has been my Coach since 2008, a former 3x Olympian in the discus throw. There are a couple of girls that are in our training group but they have other commitments (jobs, university studies) so most of the time it is just Marcelo and me at the track or in the weight room.
Are you throwing in the off-season in practice?
We are throwing a lot. Like I said, hot summer weather is awesome for off season. Mostly we will throw heavy hammers, some short some standard. Lots of jumps, overhead throws, specific hammer drills and lots of reps in the weight room.
What weight lifting exercises will you do?
Snatch, Cleans, Squats and Step Ups are the bread and butter in the weight room, and for 18 weeks we will do every set at 8 reps per set… so lots of base strength work. Then we always do some jumps, and some general stuff like dumbbell flies and abs. Twice a week we also do specific hammer drills in a circuit form to work on hammer strength and also to pepper in some cardio since we don’t do much of that.
Do you see your coach much? Who is your coach?
Marcelo is with me at every practice, weight room or throwing. Its good to have him with me because he knows when to push me for more or when to call it quits for the day.
Are you going to try anything new this off-season? If so, what?
Like I said above, nothing new, just back to what I know works for me… and working on that lots.
What will you do to relax? Vacation planned?
I had my vacation time before I started the off season two weeks ago. It was a fun month off, I tried some other sports like Judo, Rowing and Fencing just for laughs and it helped me clear my head and start up training again focused and ready.
I will go to Houston for 2 weeks during the holidays to visit my parents and siblings, but only for 2 weeks and of course hitting the drill and doing specific drills every other day while I am there.
When do you plan to compete again?
Probably in March or so we will start competing again. We will probably throw first here at my home track and then maybe do the Barrientos meet in Cuba, but we will have to see closer to the date.