A native of Colorado and an Asics athlete since 2010, Russ Winger is currently the best double-event thrower in the country. Russ graduated from the University of Idaho in 2008 with degrees in materials engineering and metallurgical engineering. While at Idaho, Russ earned 6 NCAA Division I All-American titles in the shot put and discus. His best marks are 21.29m (69' 10.25") in the shot and 66.04m (216' 8") in the discus. †Since college, Russ has consistently been ranked among the top 20 athletes in the world in both events and among the top 5 in the United States. Russ narrowly missed making the Olympic Team in 2012 but is committed to getting it done in 2016. †He currently lives at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO and trains alongside his longtime girlfriend, Kara Patterson (Purdue grad, American record holder in the javelin, and standout Asics athlete). †His support staff includes strength coach James Myers of the USOC and throws coach Craig Carter of the University of Arizona. Russ is also passionate about the outdoors and spends his free time hiking, camping, and fishing all over the West.