Thursday, Jul. 24, 2008

73. Reese Hoffa

Shot Put
United States
Age: 30

Hoffa has many oddball habits. He's obsessed with the Rubik's Cube. He chomps on turkey legs after a big win. And he tosses a 16-lb. metal ball for a living. Hoffa, a 5-ft. 11-in., 315 lb. shot putter, is the reigning World and U.S. Trials champion. He'll lead a team of U.S. hot shots to Beijing: with Christian Cantwell, the '08 indoor world champ, and Adam Nelson, twice an Olympic silver medalist, also making the trip, the U.S. could sweep the shot put medals. Will Hoffa pack a turkey for Beijing? "No, I'm afraid it will go bad," he says. "But if Tyson chicken [an Olympic sponsor] wants to do something, I wouldn't be opposed."