John Godina

john godina ventura film festival 2John Godina is a four-time World Champion in the Shot Put as well as having a Discus Throw Personal Best of 69.91 meters (229’2″). After retiring from competition in February of 2009, he expanded his already established training facility into what is today the World Athletics Center ( Godina is recognized as one of the greatest throwers of all time.

John Godina is also a graduate of UCLA, where he was known to be the strongest athlete on campus.

He has worked with countless athletes over his 15 years as a professional in the sport to help them improve their strength and skill levels. Nine out of ten athletes John has worked with have had personal bests while under his tutelage. Elite Athletes coached include: Dan Taylor, Kevin Bookout, Brady Maska, Suzy Powell, Bethany Hart (Strength Training), Loree Smith (Strength Training), Vikas Gowda, Yanbo Yang, Drew Ulrick, Orazio Cremona, Jackie Christiansen, Scott Wiegand (Strength Training), Vince Mosca (Strength Training), Koji Murofushi (Off season preparation and strength) and Mark Parlin (Strength Training).

John’s vision of a training home for track and field athletes has been realized in the World Athletics Center. His relentless drive to improve the environment for a historically under-appreciated group of athletes has resulted in what is quite possibly the only privately owned, full-service Olympic-style training center on earth. As was his original goal, the World Athletics Center is a self-sustaining entity designed to stand the test of time – immune to the political winds of change that other training locations and environments are susceptible to.

Career Highlights: Three-time World Outdoor SP champion (95, 97, 01); 2001 World Indoor SP Gold Medalist; 1996 Olympic SP silver medalist (SP); 2000 Olympic bronze medalist; 1999, 2003 World Indoor SP silver medalist; 97 World Indoor SP bronze medalist; Three-time U.S. Outdoor SP champion (98, 99, 01); Four-time USA Indoor SP champion (1996, 1997, 1998, 2005); Two-time U.S. discus champion (97, 98); Five-time NCAA champion; Two-time Jesse Owens Award winner; 2005 Indoor Visa champion

… serves as an anti-doping ambassador for U.S. Anti-Doping Agency…married Kendra in October, 2004. Kendra is a pilates instructor, and Godina takes classes as part of his training.