Name: Joe Kovacs
Sport: Track and Field
Discipline(s): Track and Field
Event(s): Shot Put
Height: 6-0
DOB: 6/28/1989
Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pa.
Hometown: Bethlehem, Pa.
High School: Bethlehem Catholic High School (Bethlehem, Pa.) '07
College: Penn State University '11, Earth and Mineral Science
Coach(es): Ashley Kovacs
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (2016, 2020); one-time Olympic Medalist (1 silver)
  • Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
  • Olympic Games Rio 2016, silver (shot put)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – gold
  • Years of participation: Outdoor – 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Medals: 3 (2 golds, 1 silver)
  • Gold – 2019 (shot put); 2015 (shot put)
  • Silver – 2017 (shot put)
Personal: Son of Joseph and Joanna Kovacs...Had a breakout season in 2015, capturing the USATF outdoor, world outdoor and Diamond League shot put titles, and finishing the season ranked No. 1 in the world in shot put...Speaks German...Also played football in high school...Enjoys playing golf during his time off in the fall...Is an investor in drone technology and solar companies...Has traveled to more than 30 countries. ...Trains at Ohio State University...Hobbies include flying airplanes, golfing and eating good food.