Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Olympics Are within Reach for Knoch Grad Geist

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Olympics Are within Reach for Knoch Grad Geist

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Jordan Geist doesn't take a lot of time off.

The shot put thrower from Knoch High School won gold at the NACAC U23 Championships July 6 in Mexico. Less than a week later, he was in Idaho for a throwing camp.

For most, that probably seems crazy. After such an achievement, why not take some time off? For Geist, this is better than time off.

"I love being out at this camp, because, for this entire week, it's just thinking about track and field and nothing but track and field," Geist said. "So for me, this is like a vacation with practices mixed in."

With a closer look, you can understand why that's the case.

During the school year, Geist, a rising sophomore at Arizona, competes and trains pretty much the entire time. The first semester brings the indoor season, and when that wraps up, the outdoor season begins almost immediately.

And after that, it's straight into the summer, where Geist continues to travel and compete at the highest level.

Geist reckons the longest break he has had was a long weekend after the NCAA outdoor championships. Other than that, it's all go all the time.

"As long as my body's going and mentally I'm not burned out, I think I'm OK not having to break," Geist said.

Whatever method Geist chooses, no matter how arduous, it is impossible to argue with - his results speak for themselves.

He won the aforementioned NACAC U23 World Championship. He finished third and fifth in the NCAA outdoor and indoor championships, respectively. In January, Geist threw the farthest mark of anyone in the NCAA this year.

With how good he knows he can be, Geist actually looks back on his finishes at the NCAA meets with a little disappointment.

"In the NCAA, I had the farthest mark out there by almost a foot," Geist said. "And then I show up at NCAAs and have my worst meet of the year and still only lose by about a foot and a half. …

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