Posts by Ryan Whiting

    Thank you very much for you willingness on this forum.

    Who of the younger putters do you see as having a great future?

    If I may ask two here, might we see all shot putters rotating in Tokyo 2020?

    No problem! It's tough to say who will make it. I train with Darrell Hill at Psu right now and he has tons of potential. There are just so many candidates right now in the U.S. It is really difficult to tell.

    Have you had any injuries this season?

    Yes, my ankle, it forced me to alter my technique after June (prefontaine) and I didn't have the reps I needed with the altered technique to make the team. It was very frustrating as I felt like I was in great shape coming out of indoor season. I didn't do any one thing to my ankle, it is just a persistent recurring thing. It will go away in time.

    what are you trying to do next year to get a spot for rio. Maybe cantwell is not competing anymore and one less competitor for the three spots. Or do you have anything in mind what you want to change?

    Stay healthy most of all. That is what got me this year. My ankle injury from 2008 recurs once in a while, and it came back in late May/ early June this year. This caused some technical issues that I didn't have time to work out before competing for my spot on the Beijing team. I also have a big move planned.

    Thank for the opportunity Ryan!
    I would like to know if you had expected Richards to medal? I did not have him on my list. I thought Walsh or Hoffa would medal instead of Richards.

    After pan am he entered my short list of potential medalists along with the 4 Americans, storl, and Tom Walsh. Anything can happen at WC, that has been proven over and over again.

    Hey, just saw this post, thought I would weigh in on things I have seen or heard from good sources. First off, Florian, that video you posted is from December 18th 2013, or 12/18 in the US or as written 18.12 as the Europe and write sometimes. It is a date, not distance.

    My best stands are 17.90m non reverse and 18.20m reverse with the 7.26kg. In high school my best stand with the 12lb was around 19.80m. Some of my best stands with odd weights are (all reverse) 4k-22m in 2007, 12lb 21m 2008, 17lb 17.60m 2013, 18lb 17m 2013. My average conversion from stand to full is 4.5m, yesterday in Potsdam I stood 16.90m, full reverse 21.20m. My best stand was in Moscow 2013, 18.20, I threw 21.57 in meet, but was in 22.50+ shape ( sometimes it doesn't work out)

    Best I have personally seen:
    Majewski: 19.80-20m 2012
    Hoffa: 18.60m Daegu 2011
    Bartels: 20.10m 2011
    Prasil: 20m
    Nelson: 18-18.50m in person, heard 19+
    Kovacs: 19-19.20m
    Walsh: 15m (no joke)
    Storl: 20.50-60m 2012+2014 indoor and 2012 outdoor
    ivanov: 19.70
    Jordan Clarke: ~17m
    kurt roberts: 18.30m

    If I think of more I will post them, hope this helps

    Discussion of article 2015 Off-Season Training With: Ryan Whiting:

    >Ryan Keith Whiting (born November 24, 1986) is an American track and field athlete who competes in the shot put and has a personal record of 22.28m (73' 1¼") outdoors and 22.35m (73' 4") indoors. His biggest international senior success to date is first place at the 2012 World Indoor Championships. He represented the United States at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and the 2012 London Olympics.

    He competed for the Arizona State Sun Devils collegiately and won six NCAA titles while

    I train at PSU with my day to day throwing coach, Pat Ebel and my strength coach, Cam Davidson. I write my own throwing workouts, mostly based on feel. Pat Ebel has been great and is at every practice, Helping With Anything I need. I stay in contact with TJ and take training trips to UW once or twice a year for a change of pace. TJ has been awesome since I moved to PSU, he is at UW now but I send video and we talk consistently.

    Balancing family and training is very important and can be done well. Speaking from my own experience I married my wife Ashley, who was a swimmer at ASU, in 2011, my first year as a professional. We had been dating for over three years already so she knew going into it that I would have a crazy travel schedule. Her being an athlete helped a lot also as she understood the sacrifices involved in getting very good at something. Generally I am pretty lax but I do have some personal rules I like to follow that she has gone along with. Firstly I Won't do any activity that will jeopardize my physical health, I won't ski, ice skate, or play any strenuous extracurricular sports that I feel like I could get hurt doing. I also have the stipulation for my entire family when on trips to big meets that I will do nothing I don't feel will benefit my performance. My wife understands and my family understands because I openly talk about it. I liken it most closely to "hey I don't barge into your most important presentation of they year and demand you go on a hike at that moment" it works because they are on board with what I do. On the other side of the coin I try my best in the off season to be with my family, I go on vacation with them and try to focus time on them. It has become very balanced. From the outset it will be much easier if you talk to your significant other about it as early as possible. If they aren't on board, it will be extremely tough, I promise. I know that Reese, Adam, Christian, and Cory all have very supportive wives/families.

    Last summer my life got a whole lot better and more complicated when my son Charlie was born in June, 2 days before Rome diamond league and 3 weeks before US nationals. My wife and I knew full well going into it that it wouldn't be easy. I didn't go to Rome, even though it would have firmed up my diamond league points lead, I wanted to be home with my son and help my wife out. We knee that three weeks later I had to go qualify for worlds. My wife was wonderful about getting less sleep in those three weeks (and beyond) so that I could get more and perform well. This went on to Moscow, I was gone for a month of the first three months of my son's life. It was hard for me being away, but even harder for her at home getting used to being a mom. She let me get ready for Moscow and when I got 2nd and was disappointed she supported me unconditionally. I cut out a few meets at the end of the season because I felt that I had already put myself in a position for the #1 world ranking. After my last meet in Brussels I spent a month and a half just with my wife and son. It is a balance, and it really is all about communication. I am gone roughly 100 days a year, but when I am home, I am present, and try to help. I am very lucky in that this is my only job and that where I train (PSU) is extremely flexible. As I type this I am sitting in Frankfurt airport for my first trip of the year, I miss my family, but I also know they are behind me 100%.