To win a gold or silver medal at the London Olympics, Jill Camarena-Williams needed to throw the shot about 68 feet, nothing less. Even when you are the American- record holder, as Camarena-Williams is, a throw of 68 feet is a life-changing, money-in-your-bank-account, name-in-the-record-boo…
LONDON - For the first time before a big meet, Jenn Suhr heard a positive message from her husband, Rick, who's also her coach.
Two athletes with Southern Arizona ties faltered overnight in the preliminaries of the women's shot put in London.
This continues a countdown to the July 27 start of the Olympics with Southern Arizona moments and figures from previous Games.
Before she ever dreamed about setting the Canadian shot put record, Julie Labonte used her sport to teach her a new language.
Jill Camarena-Williams, a UA volunteer coach, holds the outdoor record (66 feet 2 1/2 inches) and indoor record (66-3 1/4) in women's shot put and became the first U.S. woman to medal at worlds.
Shot putter Jill Camarena-Williams, practicing for the U.S. Olympic trials at UA's Rincon Vista facility, says a throw of about 62 feet should be enough to qualify for the London Games. She went to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
The couple had three different wedding receptions in 2009 - in her Northern California hometown, with his folks in Arco, Idaho, and another in their adopted home of Provo, Utah.
Maren Seidler is arguably the best women's shot putter the United States has ever seen. She won 23 national titles and was the first American woman to throw the shot farther than 60 feet. She was a four-time U.S. Olympic trials winner.