Kara Patterson Biography

Kara Patterson grew up in Vancouver, Washington, where she won three state championships in the javelin for Skyview High School. She won the premier national high school track and field competition in becoming the Golden West Champion of 2004, and went to Purdue University. As a Boilermaker, Kara won three Big Ten Championships, four NCAA Mideast Regional titles, and was an NCAA All-American twice. In 2008, she threw over 60 meters for the first time at the Big Ten Championships, setting a Purdue and Big Ten Meet record of 61.56 meters. From there, she secured a trip to the Beijing Olympic Games by winning the 2008 Olympic Trials in Eugene. After graduating from Purdue in 2009, Kara won her second straight national title by throwing 63.95 meters and earned a spot on her first World Championships Team in Berlin. A move to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, support from ASICS America, and a new coach before the 2010 season was a recipe for success for Kara, as she threw an American Record of 66.67 meters, won a third straight national title, set a Hayward Field Record of 65.90 meters, finished second overall in the inaugural Diamond League series, and was ranked sixth in the world. The 2011 season saw Kara win a fourth national title and make her second World Championships Team, competing with her best major championship distance yet in Daegu, South Korea. Kara competed well in the season leading up to 2012ís Olympic Trials, throwing over 60 meters multiple times for the first time since 2010 and earning third place in New Yorkís adidas Grand Prix. Despite tearing her left ACL on her fourth throw at the Olympic Trials, she competed in her second Olympic Games in London, and finished higher than she did four years prior. She underwent surgery to reconstruct her ACL in September, and has since moved to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center to focus on rehabilitation and continue training. Third time will be the charm for her, as she has her sights set on Rio 2016.


ASICS Athletes Russ Winger and Kara Patterson take you through their gym workout and then out on the track for shot put/discus and javelin throwing.

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Drake Relays, April 24-27

23rd Apr 2013 / Des Moines, IA
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