Two-time Olympic medalist John Godina retires

Updated: February 26, 2009, 9:15 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Shot put and discus thrower John Godina is retiring after a career in which he won two Olympic medals and four world championships.

The 36-year-old Godina won a silver in the shot put at the 1996 Atlanta Games, then a bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

He won the Jesse Owens Award, USA Track & Field's highest accolade, in 1998 and 2001.

"From the day-to-day challenges of training to the intensity of competition, I will miss the rigors of being an athlete," Godina said. "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."

He won three NCAA titles at UCLA, and claimed his first world title in the shot put in 1995. Godina added world outdoor championships in 1997 and 2001, along with a world indoor title in 2001.

In 1996, Godina became the first athlete since 1924 to make the U.S. Olympic team in shot put and discus. He did it again in 2000.

He was slowed in recent years by a series of injuries, including to his foot and shoulder, and finished 12th in the discus last year at the U.S. Olympic trials for the Beijing Games.


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