Christian Cantwell is an athlete competing in Track & Field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Christian Cantwell will look to make his second straight Olympic appearance for the U.S. this summer in London, where he figures to be a medal contender in the men's shot put. Cantwell earned silver in Beijing.

Before the start of the 2011 season, Cantwell underwent shoulder surgery on his right throwing arm. While he recovered well enough to compete, he was a shade of the dominant self he exhibited the season prior. Nevertheless, he finished second at the USA Outdoor Championships and fourth at the World Championships in Daegu. His season-best mark of 22.07m/72-5 was the third-best throw in the U.S. and fifth-best in the world on the year.

In 2010, Cantwell became the first man ever to win three World Indoor titles in the men's shot put. In 24 competitions for the year, Cantwell surpassed the 70 foot mark 20 times enroute to winning the inaugural IAAF Diamond League competition. Cantwell upset reigning Olympic champion Thomasz Majewski of Poland to win the 2009 World Outdoor Championship in Berlin.

Cantwell made his Olympic debut for the United States in Beijing, where he won the silver medal in the men's shot put. In the sixth and final round of the men's shot put final, Cantwell moved from fifth to second with a heave of 69-2.5. Cantwell narrowly missed qualifying for the Athens Games in 2004 and fouled three throws at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Cantwell got his Olympic year off to a strong start with a victory in the season-opening Reebok Boston Indoor Games with a throw of 68 feet, 9 3/4 inches. He followed that up with a runner-up finish at the 101st Millrose Games with a throw of 69-11 3/4.

Cantwell had another dominant indoor season in 2007. He cemented his victory in the men's shot put at the 2007 U.S. Indoor Championships in Boston with his first throw of 71-3 1/2. He led the 2007 Visa Championship Series from the Millrose Games, where he won with a throw of 71-9, though the end of the season. For his championship performance, Cantwell won $25,000 from Visa to support his Olympic journey.

Cantwell finished 2007 as the No. 3-ranked shot putter in the world (behind compatriots Resse Hoffa and Adam Nelson) and had recorded five of the year's top nine marks in the world (his best being 72-0 3/4). However, despite winning his second U.S. indoor title and the Visa Indoor Championship Series, he finished fifth at outdoor nationals and failed to qualify for the 2007 World Championships. This comes after a fine 2006 season in which Cantwell recorded the three best throws in the world, and eight of the top 12 (the farthest being 73-7 3/4).

The U.S. earned three slots for men's shot put at the 2004 Olympics. Cantwell placed an agonizing fourth at the '04 U.S. Olympic Trials, two inches shy of earning the third and final spot. That was tough to take for the 2004 world indoor champion who ended the season with the top four throws in the world. The Trials were an uncharacteristically bad meet for Cantwell, who was having his best season, which included his still-personal-best throw of 73 feet, 11 1/2 inches. In the Trials final, he fouled on his first two attempts before landing a throw of 67-5 1/2, then fouling on his final three attempts in the final.

The U.S. has long been one of the strongest nations in men's shot put. In 2006, a U.S. shot putter owned each of the top 12 throws in the world, and 14 of the top 15. Halfway through 2007, an American had 18 of the top 19 distances. The U.S. trio of Cantwell, Hoffa and Nelson continues to inch closer to the world record of 75-10 1/4 set in 1990 by American Randy Barnes.

In 2005, Cantwell married Teri Steer, a 2000 Olympian in the shot put and bronze medalist at the 1999 World Indoor Championships. On May 27, she gave birth to their first son, Jackson Daniel, who weighed in at 11 pounds, 2 ounces.


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Age: 36 years old
Birthday: September 30, 1980
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 300 lbs.
Birthplace: Jefferson City, MO
Hometown: Eldon, MO
Current Residence: Columbia, MO
Wife: Teri Steer

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