ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD) — The Summer Olympics in Rio start on Aug. 5, but the current target date for former East Kentwood standout Tia Brooks is in July, when she will compete in the Olympic trials.
Brooks hopes Rio will be her second Olympics. She was a surprise qualifier for the 2012 summer games in London. Now, she’s the third-ranked shot putter in the United States.
She says she’ll be much more prepared for what’s to come in Rio — assuming she makes the team.
“It would mean everything,” she said. “I mean, London, I was a baby. I was wide-eyed, bushy-tailed. I didn’t have a goal. And this year, my goal is not only to make the team, but to hopefully make it to the final and get as close to a medal as I can. I just have a completely different focus. It’s been a good four years and I’ve learned a lot.”
Brooks is back in her hometown to train for the trials, throwing at Grand Valley State University’s indoor building and lifting weights at East Kentwood High School.