2012 Summer Olympics: Why Ryan Whiting Will Exceed Expectations

Shawn Brubaker@@63brubakerContributor IIJuly 9, 2012

2012 Summer Olympics: Why Ryan Whiting Will Exceed Expectations

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    When U.S. shot-putters come to mind, Ryan Whiting usually falls behind Reese Hoffa and Christian Cantwell.

    While expectations are high for each of these three, Whiting is usually considered the third thrower, behind Hoffa and Cantwell.

    Of these three, though, Whiting has the best chance to make a huge throw at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

    Whiting is by far the youngest, has the most upside and has the most recent success, among other things.

    Here are three reasons Ryan Whiting will exceed expectations at the London Games.

This Is His First Olympics

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    Both Reese Hoffa and Christian Cantwell have Olympic experience, but the younger Ryan Whiting has yet to have that opportunity.

    While Cantwell has made the most of his Olympic chances, earning a silver medal in Beijing, Hoffa has always faltered on the biggest stage.

    From Whiting, though, no one knows what to expect. He could come through in the a big way, as he did at World Indoor Championships this past year, or he could fail to make the finals.

    Expect the former from Whiting, who seemingly saves his best performances for the biggest stages.

    His 22.00-meter toss at World Indoor Championships was a big personal record for Whiting, so he has experience winning at the world level.

    Whiting will be riding high after that victory. He has no prior Olympic experience to weigh him down, so he will only be thinking about doing his best.

    His best could be enough to win gold.

Whiting Is the Youngest American Shot-Putter

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    At only 25 years old, Ryan Whiting is a youngster as far as Olympic shot-putters are concerned, but this could work in his favor in a big way.

    Whiting has remained relatively injury-free throughout his career, which is rare in a sport that is so hard on the upper body.

    Further, Whiting is still improving. His personal record was just this year, and he is one of the rising stars on the U.S. Olympic team.

    If Whiting translates his enormous potential into a medal in London, he will cement his status as one of the rising stars of U.S. track and field.

Whiting Has the Most Potential of Any U.S. Olympic Shot-Putter

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    While Ryan Whiting's name is a relative unknown on the major throwing circuits, he's well known to high school and college athletes throughout the country who are in awe of his many championships.

    In high school, Whiting set numerous state records on his way to dominating the country's high school competition.

    He then moved on to college, where he won multiple championships and developed into one of the best throwers in the world.

    Most impressively, he left Arizona State with an indoor collegiate record and just three centimeters off the collegiate record.

    That means that Whiting has only received the best coaching throughout his career, as attending Arizona State to throw is like going to USC to play quarterback.

    Whiting can use his combination of physical gifts, as well as his excellent coaching, to have a serious chance at winning the London Games. He will be a name to watch out for.