When Whitney Ashley won the NCAA discus title in 2012, she became the first athlete from San Diego State University to win a NCAA title since 1985. Ashley continues to grow as a thrower, shown by her 2013 USA Outdoors discus runner-up finished. Ashley is a talented thrower in every discipline, owning school records in the discus, hammer and indoor shot. Ashley is a student of the sport and says when she is not training, she is at home watching three hours a day of slow-motion videos to analyze technique.
2008 44.86m (147′ 2″)
2010 47.34m (155′ 4″)
2011 54.75m (179′ 8″)
2012 59.99m (196′ 10″)
2013 61.64m (202′ 3″)
2014 63.78m (209′ 3″)
2015 64.80m (212′ 7″)
How has your training been going recently?
I am having a good time right now. After leaving Europe earlier this summer I have been lifting heavy and throwing controlled, meaning not a large amount of reps, but keeping things smooth and technical.
What is the focus of your training?
For me it is continuing to relax within the throw. My coach has not added anything to my training. We are just continuing to sharpen the technique we have established for the season.
Where are you currently training?
I currently train at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.
Will you be attending any training camps at another site? If so, where and when?
We leave on Monday, August 10th and will be attending training camp in Narita, Japan August 11-18th. I compete August 24.
Who is your current coach?
The one and only ART VENEGAS and he will be with me in Japan and Beijing.
Are you currently working a job?
I have been fortunate enough in my career to not have to work.
What competitions do you have planned?
The goal is to compete well in Beijing and determine from there if we will continue to compete after.
Will any friends or family be traveling to Beijing?
My mother and aunt will be traveling to Beijing to watch.