Joe Kovacs (28 June 1989 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania) is an US American shot putter and current World Champion.
|season||shot put||shot put||discus||discus||hammer|
|5,44kg (12 lb)||7,26kg||1.6kg||2kg||7,26kg|
Hi Norm! Sorry for just getting back to you now (Joe did not do a Road to Beijing article). Going into the competition I wanted to focus on what I had to do rather than talk about what I had to do.
To answer your question about drinking–I have not had a drink of alcohol in 2015. I don’t want to say it’s right or wrong, because I don’t think it’s wrong to have a drink from time to time. I do however think it’s wrong to lose focus. I felt I would be less likely to lose focus on my goal this year, so that is why I chose that option [not to drink alcohol].
When you ask me to reflect back after Worlds, the first thing that comes to mind are all those who helped me along the way.
I currently am training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista [California USA]. I’m surrounded by an amazing staff of people whose sole passion is to get their athletes better. Of course we all know I am coached by Art Venegas, but there is an amazing staff which I could not go without.
There is much more than sunny weather and amazing facilities at the CVOTC.
I have to give a special thanks to Jamie Myers. He is the strength coach at the training center. He truly is one of the greatest strength coaches in the world. Jamie has a vast detailed knowledge of training theories but can simplify them down so any athlete can understand.
A huge thank you also goes out to all the sports medicine staff at the CVOTC. I owe a great appreciation to Alicia Lamb. She is my primary physio and she keeps me intact and healthy throughout the year. A big thank you also goes out to Phil Cheatham. He is a biomechanists who has been at my practice on a daily basis with a TrackMan unit. Phil is a former Olympic gymnast who has helped me implement gymnastics into my off-season training.
I work with coach Venegas every-other-week at the CVOTC and some weeks I drive up to [Los Angeles] to train. A huge thanks to Nick Garcia for all the help this year and allowing us to practice at Notre Dame High School.
Before I got to the training center I was at Penn State and was coached by TJ Crater. I want to especially thank him for all the help along the way. He has been a great support and I wish him the best in his new position at the University of Arizona!
I also want to thank coach Glenn Thompson for coaching me in high school. Yes my mom was my day to day high school coach at Bethlehem Catholic High School, but I worked with Glenn every Sunday as my technical coach. Working with Glenn was the pivotal part of my success in high school.
My biggest thanks goes to my coach- Art Venegas. I knew from the very first time we talked about training over the phone, that I needed to be coached by him. Coach Venegas’ training system is exactly what I was looking for. Coach Venegas and I have a great bond, and I trust in his training completely. To me he is the greatest coach of all time. I thank him for all the guidance he has given me in and out of the ring.
My heartfelt thanks goes out to the Throwing Community! I thank Throwholics and Mac Throw Video for being great platforms for the thrower community. The exchange of information from these sites, make us better throwers and fuel the passion for upcoming athletes.
|Joe Kovacs||United States (USA)||21.93|
|David Storl||Germany (GER)||21.74|
|O’Dayne Richards||Jamaica (JAM)||21.69||personal best|
|4||Tomas Walsh||New Zealand (NZL)||21.58||personal best|
|5||Reese Hoffa||United States (USA)||21.00|
|6||Tomasz Majewski||Poland (POL)||20.82||season best|
|7||Asmir Kolašinac||Serbia (SRB)||20.71|
|8||Jacko Gill||New Zealand (NZL)||20.11|
|9||Germán Lauro||Argentina (ARG)||19.70|
|10||Jan Marcell||Czech Republic (CZE)||19.69|
|11||Inderjeet Singh||India (IND)||19.52|
|Christian Cantwell||United States (USA)||DNS|
20.65 m (Q) or best 12 performers (q)
|1||A||Joe Kovacs||United States (USA)||21.36||Q|
|2||B||David Storl||Germany (GER)||21.26||Q|
|3||A||Reese Hoffa||United States (USA)||20.75||Q|
|4||B||Germán Lauro||Argentina (ARG)||20.64||q|
|5||B||Christian Cantwell||United States (USA)||20.63||q|
|6||B||O’Dayne Richards||Jamaica (JAM)||20.55||q|
|7||A||Tomas Walsh||New Zealand (NZL)||20.49||q|
|8||A||Inderjeet Singh||India (IND)||20.47||q|
|9||A||Asmir Kolašinac||Serbia (SRB)||20.37||q|
|10||A||Tomasz Majewski||Poland (POL)||20.34||q|
|11||A||Jan Marcell||Czech Republic (CZE)||20.32||q|
|12||B||Jacko Gill||New Zealand (NZL)||19.94||q|
|13||B||Jordan Clarke||United States (USA)||19.89|
|14||A||Bob Bertemes||Luxembourg (LUX)||19.87||personal best|
|15||A||Darlan Romani||Brazil (BRA)||19.86|
|16||A||Aleksandr Lesnoy||Russia (RUS)||19.78|
|17||B||Andrei Gag||Romania (ROU)||19.74|
|18||A||Mostafa Amr Hassan||Egypt (EGY)||19.65|
|19||B||Tomáš Staněk||Czech Republic (CZE)||19.64|
|20||B||Tim Nedow||Canada (CAN)||19.63|
|21||B||Franck Elemba||Congo (CGO)||19.40|
|22||B||Maksim Sidorov||Russia (RUS)||19.35|
|23||B||Marin Premeru||Croatia (CRO)||19.33|
|24||A||Borja Vivas||Spain (ESP)||19.28|
|25||A||Jaco Engelbrecht||South Africa (RSA)||19.04|
|26||A||Tsanko Arnaudov||Portugal (POR)||18.85|
|27||B||Orazio Cremona||South Africa (RSA)||18.63|
|28||B||Hamza Alić||Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH)||18.62|
|B||Konrad Bukowiecki||Poland (POL)||NM|
|B||Georgi Ivanov||Bulgaria (BUL)||NM|
|A||Kemal Mešić||Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH)||DNS|