Outdoor Personal Best:
Chula VIsta, CA
Height: 5‘ 11'
Joe started track and field as a way to stay in shape for football in the off season
He trains an average of five days a week
Joe plays golf in the fall durring his off time
He is an investor in drone technology and solar companys
Joe is an only child
His best event was not always the shot put
Joe has been to over 30 countries
Event: Shot Put 16lb
Randy Barns World Record 1990
Distanse thrown to win 2012 Gold Medal
Shoe size: 14
Number of Men over 22m mark in history
Indoor Personal Best:
Peak Age for a Shot Putter
23.12m 75ft 11 in
21.87m 71ft 8in
28-32 years old
STATISTICS OF THE SHOT PUT
PROGRESSION OF THE SHOT PUT
Transition from 12lb to 16lb shot
Birthdate: June 28, 1989
Joseph M. Kovacs
Joe was born in Bethlehem, PA, on June 28, 1989. His father Joseph passed away when he was seven, and was raised by his mother Joanna Kovacs. At Bethlehem Catholic High School, Joe excelled in football where he was named an All-State Offensive Guard his senior year. Joe was introduced to the throwing events in high school as a way to stay in shape for football. After successful training, he found a passion for the sport. His mother Joanna Kovacs had knowledge of the events and became his high school throws coach. Joe then began to work with Glenn Thompson (Long and Strong Editor). In 2007, Joe graduated Bethlehem Catholic as the Pennsylvania State Champion in the Shot Put (AA State Record) and Discus.
In the fall of 2007 Joe started his collegiate career at Penn State University. After a summer coaching change Joe began to work with Coach TJ Crater his is sophomore year. Joe was fortunate to train along side Blake Eaton, who was also a Penn State Stand out during his collegiate years. During his career at Penn State University, Joe was a 4x All-American and a 2x Big Ten Conference Champion. At the start of his final year of eligibility, Coach Crater left Penn State for his dream job. Joe was fortunate to have a third training partner in World Class thrower Ryan Whiting that year. The amazing year of training and competition ultimately led to Joe's success at the 2012 Olympic Trials. Joe threw a personal best of 21.08m (69ft 2.5in) to place 4th at trials. Joe was excited to watch training partner Ryan Whiting make the team before him. Joe was disappointed in being so close to making the team but was honored to be in the alternate position.
After the Olympic Trials Joe reseved an endorsment from Nike. Thrilled at the opportunity, he began competing internationally the summer of 2012. Joe returned back to Penn State to train in the fall. Joe then contacted legendary coach Art Venegas about working with him for a week of training at the Olympic Training center. After just a few days of training, Joe was convinced that working with Coach Venegas would be what he needed to take the next step in his professional career. Joe drove across country and moved to the US Olympic training center in January 2013 to start training with Coach Venegas. He currently is training at the Center in Chula Vista along side of former Auburn stand out Eric Werskey.