January 30, 2015
Justin Rodhe returns to the Richmond Olympic Oval on February 7th searching for the form, which delivered world-ranking results in the spring of 2013. He threw 21.39m at the Kansas Relays, which ranked him 6th in the world at that time.
It was a magical moment. He had graduated from the University of Mount Union in Ohio and married fellow thrower, Canadian Megann VanderVliet. They decided to move to Kamloops to the National Training Centre to advance their throwing skills. In 2012 Justin, now a naturalized Canadian had spent almost 4 years improving his shot put technique. The dream was realized when he represented Canada at the 2012 London Olympics as he improved from 18.31m to 21.11m. Things went well until the spring of 2013 when after the 21.29m in Kansas the injury interrupted the dream. It affected all of 2013 and 2014 and was finally recognized as an avulsion of the left adductor muscle origin from the pelvic bone. He did represent Canada at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but was unable to complete a throw in the shot put final because of the injury.
Justin has now worked with Sean Denard to coach his throwing technique and he feels ready to start the 2015 season here at the Vancouver Sun Jerome Indoor Games. Expect a new meet record from the 6’0” 280 pound powerhouse.
Meet starts at 9:20am
Tickets $5 at the door