July 14, 2016
25-year-old discus thrower Mason Finely never won an NCAA title while in college. But now he’s the US Olympic Trials champion and an Olympian as he won the Trials last week with a
with a heave of 208’1” (63.42m) to punch his ticket to his first Olympics, after throwing a pb of 218′ 10″ (66.72m) in the qualifying round.
Finley credited his victory in part to the fact that he lost an amazing 87 pounds.
“Definitely (my footwork is better now that I’m lighter),” said Finley. “There was a point where I was weighing like 437 and couldn’t throw anything. It was pretty rough – injuries with my back and stuff like that. Right now, I’m sitting at 350, and able to hold positions better, move faster – compete healthier.”
“I was huge,” said Finley of his weight, which reached its peak in 2013.
After winning the Trials, Finley acted like it was pretty easy to lose 87 pounds.
“Basically, all I did was just educate myself on nutrition, figure out what am I doing. During the fall season, I’ll do a lot of cardio – no real secret there,” said Finley.
A full interview with Finely appears below.