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Posted: February 27, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: USATF News & Notes, Volume 9, Number 7

USATF Board fills final seat

The new USATF Board has reached its complete, 15-member size with the addition of Jeff Darman as the "5E" organizations' representative.

The president of Darman and Associates, a sports marketing firm, Darman is director of the ACLI Capital Challenge road race in Washington, D.C. He has served in a variety of positions with public, nonprofit and private organizations and is a member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Hall of Fame. He is a past winner of USATF's President's Award and the National Distance Running Hall of Fame's Fred Lebow award for lifetime contributions to the sport. He is a former RRCA president and coordinates the annual Road Race Management Race Directors' meeting and trade show.

The new USATF Board will have its first meeting March 8 in Orlando. For more information on the Board, visit http://www.usatf.org/news/view.aspx?DUID=USATF_2009_02_18_09_06_20

2-time Olympic shot put medalist John Godina retires

John Godina, at the age of 36, one of the most-decorated throwers in track-and-field history with nine Olympic and World Championships medals to his credit, has announced his retirement.

"From the day-to-day challenges of training to the intensity of competition, I will miss the rigors of being an athlete," said Godina, a four-time World Champion and two-time Olympic medalist. "But I am retiring with pride and a true sense of satisfaction with what I've accomplished. I'm happy to have played a large role in the drug-free revolution in my events, and I look forward to continuing a heavy involvement in the sport."

Godina's 14-year professional career began in 1995 with a gold medal in the shot put at the World Championships just months after winning NCAA titles in both the shot and discus. He would repeat as World Champion outdoors in 1997 and 2001, also winning a World Indoor title in 2001. At the 1996 Olympics, he won a silver medal in the shot put, and at the 2000 Olympics earned a bronze medal.

Also a two-time US discus champion, Godina in 1996 became the first American in 72 years to make the US Olympic team in both the shot and discus, and his six appearances at the World Championships outdoors ties him for the most by an American male.

Twice a Jesse Owens Award winner as the top male track-and-field athlete in the US, Godina was a pioneer in the crusade against the use of performance-enhancing drugs. He plans to continue his volunteer work with the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Godina recently began coaching throwers, including 2007 US runner-up Dan Taylor. Founder of the Whole Fitness Gym and kPilates in Mesa, Ariz., he and his wife, Kendra Jordan, will open a second fitness studio, Karve, in nearby Scottsdale next month. Godina has also just opened John Godina's World Throws Center and John Godina's Center for Track and Field, a 13,000-foot training facility in Mesa for elite athletes in all areas of the sport.

About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

For more information on USATF, visit USATF.org.


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