2020ne season has concluded and what a way to end it with team USA across my chest in Tokyo. This was the best season of my career. I have a lot to look forward to , but for now we will take a break and enjoy the off season. When I say we I mean all of you who have been supporting me and my team, (family, friends, supporters and well wishers I appreciate everyone of you). Soon I willbe putting the game plan together and those that have been sending so much love and support… get ready for the next chapter of this journey. Our first stop will be the World Championships Games in Eugene Oregon, July 15,2022. Thank you all and see you soon.
Today is travel day to the 2021 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. I was fortunate enough to see and compete in the new Hayward Field stadium earlier this year for The Grad Prix meet.
I was able to get back home (Florence, New Jersey) for a great week of training and some needed family time.If I missed you, I’m sorry… I wasn’t home long.I’ll be back on the 10th of July
to celebrate with you all. Looking forward to it since 2020 made us change our plans.I can always feel the love and support when I come back to town.It’s like pulling into a gas station saying “fill her”.
So here we are back where my international career started at the wise old age of 17.I threw in the World meet as a senior just graduating from Florence.
It was my first trip to Hayward Field. I remember throwing in a field where everyone seemed to have coaches to turn to and getfeedback to what they were doing wrong and instructions on how to correct it.All I had was the usual Mom, Dad and the pride I carry in my heart hearing “Curtis Thompson from Florence, New Jersey” and I was able to make my first USA team.
Things are different now. Well I don’t have Coach April (I really miss those days), but I still feel the love from my Florence family, State family, USA Javelin Project family and you supporting me by reading my ramble as I sit in the airport with a 4 hour layover in Phoenix, ready and excited to get to Oregon today and take care of the next step of the journey this meet. I will compete Saturday (6/19/21) where each athlete is given 3 throws to try and place in the top 12.If I place top 12 then I get to compete the final day on Monday (6/21/21). So in the meantime, I have covid testing, uniform inspection, Javelin inspection, practice and then I’ll relax and meet up with the rest of USA Javelin Project and eat good food.
Blessed and happy are some key words from this past week in Tucson Arizona. Blessed because I was given the opportunity to compete in 2 meets (Tucson Elite Classic on Thursday and USATF Throws Festival on Saturday) – both competitions with a strong field and some great guys. I’m happy because after 2 weeks of working hard in training and changing some small things… the outcome was great.
I finished Thursday’s competition in 2nd place with a throw of 77.26m (253’ 5”) and Saturday’s competition in 1st place with a throw of 81.44m (267’ 2”).
In the mist of being out there I was also able to try some great food.
Thanks to all who’ve helped me through kind words and donations. Because of your love and support, I’m able to continue my quest for Olympic gold. Your kind words fill my heart when I need that motivation on my last lap or that extra rep when I’m lifting weights.Your donations give me peace of mind when I have to purchase all the stuff that Mississippi use to.Every meet requires travel and hotel stay.On average my meets range about $1000.00 depending on which state and how much is airfare.Once again, thanks to those that have already donated. If you or a friend would like to make donations, it can be done by selecting the “Helping Curtis” tab.Once again, having the love and support from all my family and friends makes it easier to do what I love.
Now, after such a great week, I am back at it getting ready for the Chula Vista Field Festival in California on Saturday May 29th.
Time is flying by and we are less than 100 days out ‘til the Olympic Games in Tokyo. These past 2 weeks has been a great training block of fixing some throwing technical ques that we (the team and I) feel need to be worked on and we are really onto something special. After starting off the 2021 season at the University of Montevallo with a 77.02m (252-08 ft), then to Texas Relays and throwing 78.92m (258-11 ft) and a few meets to train through, I feel great about the start. We continue the journey at a meet in Gulf Shores, AL this weekend and was blessed to have the opportunity to see and compete in the new Hayward Track in Eugene, OR the following weekend.
Charter Member Jav U
Born 2/8/1996 Florence NJ I been competing internationally for 8 years . Trying to reach my Olympic dreams. Join my in my quest.