Valarie Allman has thrown the discus farther than any other woman in the past 30 years, but she is still taking her new fame out for a spin.
“When I come to a meet and there’s people that want to take pictures and I hear on the public address system, ‘Olympic champion,’ then it really hits me,” Allman said. “Being an introvert, it’s definitely a bit of a shock, but I feel like I’m slowly starting to get the hang of it and figure it out.”
The 27-year-old USA thrower added: “I think it’s always going to feel like new territory.”
Allman has been covering new ground in her sport since turning pro in 2019, a year that she said was “kind of exploratory — faking it until you make it.”
After placing seventh at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Allman set her first US record in August 2020 with a throw of 70.15m. She has since extended it twice, while also becoming the area record-holder and Tokyo Olympic gold medallist. Allman has posted 12 of the top 13 marks in US history in the past two years.
SOURCE: WORLD ATHLETICS