Kara Estelle Winger (née Patterson; born 10 April , 1986) is an American athlete who competes in the javelin throw. She is the American record holder in the javelin throw with a distance of 66,67 m.
At the 2004 Olympic Trials, Patterson finished 19th with a distance of 42.60m. In 2005, she won a silver medal at the 2005 Pan Am Junior Games with a distance of 50.26 m. At the 2008 Olympic Trials, Patterson won with a distance of 53.93 m. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Patterson didn’t make it past the qualifying round and finished 41st overall with a distance of 54.39 m. At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, Patterson didn’t make it past the qualifying round and finished 29th overall with a distance of 52.71 m.
On June 25, 2010, Patterson broke Kim Kreiner’s American record of 64.19 m set in 2007 with a distance of 66.67 m.
2001 … 40,56m (133′ 1″) average throw 115′ (1st high school season )
2002 … 46,35m (152′ 1″)
2003 … 48,00m (157′ 6″)
2004 … 48,51m (159′ 2″)
2005 … 52,09m (170′ 10″)
2006 … 56,19m (184′ 4″)
2008 … 61,56m (201′ 11″)
2009 … 63,95m (209′ 9″)
2010 … 66,67m (218′ 8″) American Record
2011 … 62,76m (205′ 11″)
2012 … 60,49m (198′ 5″)
2013 … 57,12m (187′ 5″)
2014 … 62,90m (206′ 4″)
2015 … 66,47m (218′ 1″)
How has your training been going?
What training? I kid, but this summer has been extremely busy with competitions. My training suffered a little bit after USAs for various reasons, but I’m finally getting back into a groove and am excited about how my body is feeling again heading into Worlds. Ty and Jamie have done an excellent job of adapting with me in writing training that complements all of this travel as well as the way my body seems to have been responding this year. We’re switching up workouts a lot more often than we had in past seasons, and I’m loving it. I feel sharp.
What is the focus of your training schedule?
Sprinting and jumping workouts are for reactivity, quickness and explosive power leading into big competitions, but I always have to keep circulating rehab exercises to make sure my body and joints last the whole season. Throwing sessions are devoted mostly to rhythm and alignment.
Is there anything new you are implementing into your training?
The timing of my training around competitions has actually completely changed this year. In the past we’ve planned big competitions toward the end of training blocks (4 weeks of the same workouts), but it just so happened that the Longhorn Invitational this year was at the end of week 1 of a new block, and it went really well! I repeated that at Prefontaine and USAs, and was happy with both results. I’m pretty excited to have stumbled on that. Other than that discovery, it has been business as usual, but with a lot more freedom to do a lot more work because of a healthy knee!
What technical issues are you working on?
A javelin thrower always needs to check in on release angles, and that is my constant struggle. There is no better tool for extremely far throws. Related to that, I tend to push with my right leg at the block, sending my upper body forward and slowing my timing to my left foot. That’s something that I’ve always done, but is especially hard not to do after a block leg injury. I continue to trust my leg more!
Where are you currently training?
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Will you be attending any training camps at another site? If so, where and when?
Tokyo, Japan starting on August 16th with the rest of Team USA and my coaches!
Who is your current coach?
Ty Sevin-University of Texas Throws Coach, Jamie Myers-Chula Vista OTC Strength and Conditioning Coach. Shoutout to Russ Winger, who is with me at practice most often!
Are you training with your coach on site or long distance?
I train with Ty and Jamie long-distance but see them as often as I can. Even more in the push to Rio!
Are you currently working a job? If so, what and how many hours a week?
No, I’m fortunate to have awesome sponsors in ASICS and QALO, plus support from USATF and the USOC to train at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. The U.S. Air Force Academy Track and Field staff has also been vital in allowing Russ and I to train at their facility!
What competitions do you have planned?
I have competed a whole lot this year. NACAC Championships in Costa Rica (August 7th) was my 12th competition of the season, and my focus here was honestly Russ instead of myself, so I was happy to come away with the win even if the distance wasn’t great (60.34m). World Championships are obviously the most important one, and then the Zurich Diamond League Final before the off-season kicks in! I’m really excited to have some rest from meets before and during training camp, and to get quality sessions in with Ty in Japan.
When will you travel to Asia? When will you travel to Beijing?
I leave for Japan on August 15th, and will arrive in Beijing on the 24th I think. Competition is on August 28th (qualifying) and 30th (final).
Will any friends or family be travelling to Beijing?
My husband Russ Winger just made the world championship team in winning the discus at NACACs!!! I’m so incredibly excited to make this trip successful together. We’ve had this goal for so long. As for other family, not this time! I feel very fortunate that my parents have traveled so much for my competitions, but I also love that they can send me on my way to just get the job done. My parents and brother came to the Olympics in Beijing SEVEN YEARS AGO, and we all got a good bit of tourism in then!