Event: Discus Throw
Height: 6-1 (1.85 m)
Weight: 262 lbs/120kg
Born: May 27, 1981
Current Residence: Lubbock, Texas
High School: Samuell High School (Dallas, TX) ’99
College: Texas Tech ’04
Agent: Valentina Fedjuschina
Young started throwing the discus as student at Samuell High School in Dallas, Texas. He was quickly hooked and also found quick success by winning the USATF Junior Olympic title as a senior, and placing second at the Golden West Invitational and Texas State Championships.
After moving west to attend Texas Tech University, Young started to emerge as one of the nation’s best throwers. In NCAA competition he won two All-American honors and set school records in the discus, weight throw, and hammer throw. His highest NCAA finish was fourth place in 2003. His final collegiate season saw him extend his personal best to 62.91 meters (206-4) and qualify for his first US Olympic Trials where he placed ninth.
Over his first few years as a post-collegiate thrower, his results began to take off. In 2006 he improved to 67.86 meters (222-7) which ranked him second in the US. In 2008 he qualified for the Olympic Trials, where he again placed ninth. His major breakthrough came in 2010. He extended his personal best to 69.90 meters (229-4), which was the top mark in the US and second best in the world that season. The next season he qualified for the finals at the World Championships and then made his first Olympic team in 2012.