Reese Hoffa may have had his best year yet in 2012 by winning bronze in London and winning the 2012 Diamond League title. A pillar of consistency, Hoffa has finished in the top five at the USA Outdoor Championships for eight consecutive years. You have to go all the way back to 2003 to find a time when Hoffa didn’t own one of the top ten throws in the world in either indoor or outdoor competition. At the 2009 World Outdoor Championships, five of the six throws Hoffa took would have won him the gold medal. In 2007 alone, he topped the 70-foot-mark a total of 10 times. He broke C.J. Hunter’s mark in establishing a new Pan American Games record in the shot put in 2003. A huge professional wrestling fan, Hoffa competed while wearing a mask at the 2004 Home Depot Invitational, dubbing himself the “Unknown Shot Putter.” Earned All-American honors four straight years competing for the University of Georgia. Hoffa also competed in football, baseball and wrestling in high school. He says his dream is to compete in a bear suit, being brought onto the track in a cage. He married Renata Hoffa on November 26, 2005.
Which of your track and field achievements are you most proud of, and why?
One of my greatest achievements has to be winning my first world championships in Moscow, Russia in 2006. Though I have won other medals, I will always be the most proud of my first world championship title.
What is your greatest strength as an athlete?
My greatest strength has to be my constituency over my career in being able to be ranked within the top three in the world for nine consecutive years.
What kind of impact do you want to make on the community through the Georgia Track Club?
I want people to be able to see a person who is not a prototypical shot guy and but be able to see what hard work and self-drive can produce. I hope that I can encourage kids to try something that seems easy from the outside, but is hard to master. Hopefully I can encourage more youth to take up the sport that I love and become the next Hoffa or Nelson.