HMMR Podcast Episode 254: Olympic insights (with John Godina)

Three-time Olympian John Godina knows a thing or two about competing at the highest level. From being the favorite, to only making the team as an alternate, his wide range of experiences can help share what Olympic athletes will encounter in Tokyo. On this week’s episode he joins us to discuss his own experience, his approach to technique, and how he assesses the current generation of throwers.

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Notes and quotes

  • 0:00 – Introduction.
  • 3:00 – Assessing the current generation of shot putters.
  • 6:00 – Consistency vs. big throws.
  • 8:45 – The new generation of spinners: “Not a lot of throwers in the last generation started spinning young, and their coaches didn’t grow up spinning. Now the guys that are spinners are the coaches and it helps.”
  • 11:30 – Training during COVID and reducing : “Running all over the place to do some meets and make a few dollars isn’t logical. We’ve seen with COVID, hunkering down for real preparation will help you destroy it. Everyone got put in a situation where all they could do is prepare.”
  • 18:45 – Reflecting on Olympic experiences.
  • 21:15 – Comparing the Olympics to other major championships: “The hardest part of the Olympics is that it is so big. The whole time you are there is a logistical challenge that’ll suck your energy just to get around.”
  • 24:00 – Competing without fans.
  • 29:30 – Breaking down technique: “I think my focus was adding in a linear sprint into a vertical leap at the front helped separate my technique. Without that I was mediocre at best.”
  • 34:30 – The role of jumping in shot put technique.
  • 38:15 – Doubling in the shot put and discus and analyzing the current state of the discus.
  • 48:15 – What will it take to medal in Tokyo: “It’s entirely possible to have 5 guys over 22 meters in Tokyo.”

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Further reading

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  • Godina was also a guest on Episode 46. His competitors and fellow shot put legends Adam Nelson was also a guest on Episode 42 and Reese Hoffa was on Episode 98. You can also follow Godina on Instagram (@JohnGodina).
  • To learn more about rotational shot put you can watch Video Lesson 17 with Nick’s teaching progressions and Video Lesson 25 where Don Babbitt breaks down the technique variations among history’s greatest spinners.