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Meeting a Legend

I met Art Venegas today at Long Beach. He is probably the best shot put coach of all time and definitely on the rotational shot put. Among the athletes he has coached are:

John Brenner               22.52m
John Godina                22.20m
Joe Kovacs                  22.57m
Darrell Hill                    22.44m

Art is not coaching anymore and we all miss him. It was super nice to meet him today again and chat and share information as well as crack some jokes and tell stories.

Art has through the years been my mentor and I respect him tremendously as I have learned a lot from him. As far back as I was an athlete at Alabama in 1985 I visited him once over spring break at UCLA and ever since then we have been friends.

For the last few years I have had the opportunity to cooperate as well as work on the same field as him for few weeks a year at the Chula Vista Center where he was a coach for some time.

I wish Art all the best in the future and thank him for all the years.



"How to Become an Olympic Champion" is a video series by coach Vésteinn Hafsteinsson on example of Discus Throw legend Gerd Kanter. The first video series puts focus on Olympic Lifting for Throwers. Click here for more info.


Our athletes in 2019

1 Martin Kupper 62.11m
2 J Gardenkrans 55.91m
1 Mesud Pezer 21.08m
2 Marcus Thomsen 20.58m
3 Niklas Arrhenius 18.20m
1 Fanny Roos 18.61m
1 Nick Percy 20.52m