Michael Reese Hoffa (born Maurice Antawn Chism; October 8, 1977 in Evans, Georgia) is an American shot putter. Reese won the shot put in the 2006 World Indoor Track and Field Championships and in the 2007 World Outdoor Championships. He also won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. His personal bests stand at 22.11 m (72′ 6.25″) indoor and 22.43 m (73′ 7″) outdoor. In 2012, he threw over 21 meters in competition for the 100th time, putting him in rarefied air in the throwing community.
2004 21.67m (71′ 1″)
2005 21.29m (69′ 10″)
2006 21.96m (72′ 1″)
2007 22.43m (73′ 7″)
2008 22.10m (72′ 6″)
2009 21.89m (71′ 10″)
2010 22.16m (72′ 8″)
2011 22.09m (72′ 6″)
2012 22.00m (72′ 2″)
2013 21.71m (71′ 3″)
2014 21.88m (71′ 9″)
2015 21.30m (69′ 11″)
How has your training been going recently?
Up to this point my training has been going well. It is pretty hot here in Georgia but I feel like my technique is coming around so I am very optimistic.
What is the focus of your training schedule?
The focus is on the back of the ring and the finish of the ball. I have been leaking power somewhere in the throw and I have been taking a serious look what I am doing the ring. So far I think we have found some positions that are hurting me out the back of the ring and foot position at the finish that is making me fall off the ball.
Is there anything new you are implementing into your training?
I am not changing my training up to this point Don (Babbitt] and I have been doing this for a while and we feel like if it is not broke do not try to fix it.
What technical issues are you working on?
Right now my left-arm is getting away from me and we are trying to control it out the back of the ring. we are also working on a better knee position out the back of the ring to line me up better to enter the middle of the ring.
Where are you currently training?
I am still training at the University of Georgia, they have been a very big supporter of my career all the way back to the beginning in 2002. There is no way I could have made it to the Olympics and World championship teams without them allowing me to train and use there facilities at Georgia.
Will you be attending any training camps at another site? If so, where and when?
I will be going my training camp in Tokyo on August the 10th. I really like Japan and look forwards to going back this year.
Who is your current coach?
Don Babbitt is my current coach and has been my coach since I touched a 16-pound ball in college. I think this is very rare in the US; I consider myself very lucky.
Are you training with your coach on site or long distance?
Don will be traveling with my to the training camp and to the World Championships.
Are you currently working a job? If so, what and how many hours a week?
I have the best job in the world and that is being one of the best shot putters in the world. I usually put in thirty to forty hours a week to keep my job; luckiest man in the world
What competitions do you have planned?
I have a few meets lined up but not sure which ones yet, the only one for sure is Brussels and Deca-Nations in Paris.
When will you travel to Asia?
I will fly over on August the 9th
When will you travel to Beijing?
I think August the 20th
Will any friends or family be travelling to Beijing?
My family will not travel to the World Championships. I think the only meet like this they travel to is the Olympics, it keeps me working hard to get them to a major event.