Name: Kara Winger
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): Javelin Throw
Height: 6-0
DOB: 4/10/1986
Birthplace: Seattle, Wash.
Hometown: Vancouver, Wash.
High School: Skyview High School (Vancouver, Washington) ‘04
College: Purdue University ‘09, Nutrition, Fitness and Health; DeVry University ‘16, Accounting
Team/Club: New York Athletic Club
Coach(es): Ty Sevin
Olympic Experience
  • Four-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
  • Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, 17th (javelin throw)
  • Olympic Games Rio 2016, 13th (javelin throw)
  • Olympic Games London 2012, 31st (javelin throw)
  • Olympic Games Beijing 2008, 41st (javelin throw)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – 5th
  • Years of participation: Outdoor – 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Top finish: 5th – 2019 (javelin throw)
Personal: Daughter of Bruce and Rona Patterson...Has one brother, Craig...Married fellow thrower Russ Winger in September of 2014 in Telluride, Colorado, and the following season they both medaled at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games...Belongs to two book clubs and absolutely adores her yellow lab Maddie...Paired with her long-time friend Dana Lyon as her technical coach since 2018...Hobbies include photography, playing cards, backpacking/hiking/the outdoors, piano, reading and hanging out with Maddie...Earned her MBA through DeVry University's scholarship program with the USOPC...In 2016, became the first female athlete from Purdue University to qualify for her third Olympic Games.