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Posted: August 6, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: John Godina's World Throws Center to expand

Will partner with Athletes' Performance at its new Phoenix facility

PHOENIX, Arizona, USA (August 6, 2009) -- John Godina's World Throws Center has launched a partnership with Athletes' Performance, the world-renowned training center whose professional and international clients have included Kevin Youkilis, Chauncey Billups, Laurence Maroney and Germany’s World Cup men’s soccer team. The center will begin operating out of Athletes’ Performance's new state-of-the-art facility in North Phoenix on September 1.

"We're excited to become part of such a well-established and respected team," said Godina, founder and head coach of the throws center, in today's official announcement. "Our goal is to create the best training and development environment for athletes at all levels, from beginner to Olympian, and this partnership is a big step in that direction. It might be the most significant advancement in the history of throws training."

Dan Taylor, who is coached by Godina at the center, will represent the USA at the IAAF World Championships of Track and Field that begin Aug. 15 in Berlin. Taylor, 27, is also the reigning US indoor champion in the shot put.

Godina, 37, is a four-time World Champion and two-time Olympic medalist in the shot put. He retired earlier this year after a 14-year professional career. A two-time Jesse Owens Award winner as the top male track-and-field athlete in the United States, Godina in 1996 became the first American in 72 years to make the US Olympic team in both the shot and discus. A pioneer in the crusade against the use of performance-enhancing drugs, Godina plans to continue his volunteer work with the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

In addition to training Olympic-caliber athletes, the World Throws Center offers training, clinics and mini-camps for throwers of all ages and abilities. Among the amenities at the new 31,000-square-foot facility, scheduled to open in mid-August, are a full weight room, 50-meter sprint track, 25-yard swimming pool, in-ground recovery tubs, massage and physical therapy, nutritionists and an athlete lounge.

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