Samuel Crouser (born December 31, 1991) is an American javelin thrower. He recently graduated from the University of Oregon. While a U19 at Gresham High School Crouser set the national high school record at 74,42m (244′ 2″). He competed javelin at the 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. He was ranked #6 in the US three years in a row, 2012 to 2014.
His uncle Brian Crouser competed in the javelin throw at the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics. In 2011, cousin Ryan Crouser joined Sam, setting the national high school record in the discus throw for cross town rival Sam Barlow High School. Then in 2012, sister Haley completed the family trifecta by setting the national high school record in the girl’s javelin throw.
dhot put – 12lb
2007 … 12,31m (40′ 4¾”)
2008 … 14,45m(47′ 5″)
2009 … 17,15 m (56′ 3¼”)
2010 … 20,22 m(66′ 4¼”)
discus – 1.6kg
2007 … 37,41m(122′ 9″)
2008 … 47,04m(154′ 4″)
2009 … 54,38m(178′ 5″)
2010 … 62,74m (205′ 10″)
javelin – 800g
2007 … 55.96m (183′ 7″)
2008 … 63.80m (209′ 4″)
2009 … 72.85m (239′ 0″) NJR
2010 … 77.84m (255′ 5″) AJR
2012 … 80.80m (265′ 1″)
2013 … 78.53m (257′ 8″)
2014 … 76.98m (252′ 7″)
2015 … 83.33m (273′ 4″)
How has your training been going recently?
Training has been going really well for me lately.
What is the focus of your training schedule?
The main idea of my training at this point in the season is to have the most quality workouts each time I go to practice. I try and do this by focusing one of my days on throwing while the next day is an active recovery. The third day is followed with lifting, core and possibly some quick medball. The recovery day is really the key for me at this point in the season because I have already built my base and the extra day of rest allows me to have the best possible workout and performance.
Is there anything new you are implementing into your training?
One of the things that has been implemented into the training is throwing lighter javelins. This is so I can see what it feels like to throw farther distances because it will take similar mechanics and speed to throw a lighter javelin as it would the men’s javelin. I also throw them to see how my flight is because they highlight these technical aspects.
What technical issues are you working on?
A few of the biggest things that I am trying to work on are a stronger block, speed on the runway and arm/javelin position at the finish.
Where are you currently training?
Right now I am training in Gresham Oregon.
Will you be attending any training camps at another site? If so, where and when?
I am not sure at this point what training spots I will be trying to attend because right now I am just trying to get the World Championship Standard.
Who is your current coach?
My coach is my dad, .
Are you training with your coach on site or long distance?
I am living with my parents for the time being and most likely training with my dad through the Olympics.
Are you currently working a job? If so, what and how many hours a week?
I work for my dad’s art business and I usually work around an average of 5 hours a day. Around 25 hours a week.
What competitions do you have planned?
I have competitions planned at Concordia in Portland Oregon July 30 and Aug 1. And then I leave for Costa Rica Aug 5 for the NACAC meet.
When will you travel to Asia? When will you travel to Beijing?
If I get the standard I will be going to Beijing after NACAC.
Will any friends or family be travelling to Beijing?
If I do make the team to Beijing I think that my parents will go. I also have a lot of friends on the team so that would be nice. Either way it would be a great experience.