2x Olympic Champ Ryan Crouser Gets Major Boost to Clinch Athlete of the Year as Results Approach

Published 11/23/2023, 8:28 PM EST

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American shot put superstar Ryan Crouser has established a golden monument of himself in the track and field world. The 30-year-old has continuously shown improvement despite already being way ahead of his competitors. Moreover, his stellar gold medal-winning performance at the 2023 WAC also earned him the spot of a finalist for the Athlete of the Year Award.

Ryan Crouser was heavily lauded for outperforming everyone in Budapest despite being in severe pain due to blood clots in his calf. However, according to a social media upload, a previous achievement of his in Los Angeles heightened his stature even more. 

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Ryan Crouser is a 2x back-to-back Olympic gold medalist in shot put. The 30-year-old successfully defended his 2022 world title in Budapest and is looking forward to doing the same in the upcoming Paris Olympics. USATF made a triumphant tweet via its official X account and that added to Crouser’s bragging rights. The tweet carried the caption, “RATIFIED WORLD RECORD. Ryan Crouser’s 23.56m/77-3.75 throw from the USATF Los Angeles Grand Prix is OFFICIALLY the shot put world record.” Interestingly, the news arrives when the result declaration of the Athlete of the Year Award lies just 18 days away.

Several great track and field athletes make up the finalists for the Athlete of the Year Award like Crouser. This includes US sprinter Noah Lyles, Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis, Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, and Kenyan marathon runner Kelvin Kiptum. 


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The ratification of Crouser’s world record gives him a sharper edge over his esteemed competitors. In fact, the venue where he established the new world record also gives him a major boost for the upcoming Paris Olympics.


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Conquering future Olympic venue before Paris

The city of Los Angeles has been appointed as the host for the upcoming Olympic Games in 2028. This means that Ryan Crouser already stands as one of the best performers on the grounds of LA. Thus, while he has already triumphed over Rio and Tokyo, he already has a golden footprint in Los Angeles as well.


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The trajectory of shot put athlete Ryan Crouser is currently on an upswing and he will enter Paris as a clear gold medal favorite. With three Olympic venues already under his belt, will Ryan Crouser be able to make a hat-trick in 2024?

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