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June 15, 2002
"People need to realize that if any of the major sports were to be tested like we're tested or punished like we're punished, the NFL, the NHL and [Major League Baseball] would implode." John Godina, U.S. shotputter, on drug testing
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November 13, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Bob Larsen, who coached UCLA's men's track team to two NCAA outdoor titles and guided Bruins alumnus Meb Keflezighi to a silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic marathon, and shot putter John Godina, a two-time Olympic medalist and three-time world champion who competed under Larsen at UCLA, were elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. The honors were announced Wednesday by USA Track and Field, the sport's national governing body. Their induction will take place Dec. 7 in Indianapolis at USATF's Jesse Owens Hall of  Fame banquet.
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January 29, 1998 | JIM MURRAY
The track meet used to be as indigenous to L.A. and Southern California as the surfboard or the SigAlert. The Coliseum used to attract bigger crowds to its track meets than the Rams. The Compton Relays sold out. The world's best athletes showed their form here on the way to the Olympic Games. This saw Jesse Owens, Charlie Paddock, Carl Lewis, Wilma Rudolph before they became world figures. So it gives me great pleasure to announce the L.A.
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April 11, 2004 | Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer
There is a new order in the American group of throwers in the shotput. Christian Cantwell has become the latest star in the event after winning performances at the U.S. and world indoor track and field championships. Reese Hoffa has also emerged as another serious competitor on the world scene. In a discipline where ego and attitude are as omnipresent as talent and technique, Hoffa announced his arrival and hinted at a changing of the guard in a recent magazine article.
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August 3, 1997 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American hopes of another gold medal in the men's shotput sank like a spherical 16-pound weight in the Greek twilight Saturday at the World Championships. Randy Barnes, 1996 Olympic gold medalist and 1997 world leader, failed to get out of the afternoon qualifying round, missing the cut with a best of 64- 1/4--more than 10 feet off his world record of 75-10 1/4.
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July 16, 2000 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two-time world champion John Godina was trying to come to grips with the notion that he will be spending this year's Olympic shotput competition on the outside looking in, trying to put a positive spin on his disappointing fourth-place finish in Saturday's final round of the U.S. Olympic trials. "The good news," Godina said, "is that the three best shotputters in the world are going to Sydney. We could sweep that thing. I hope they do. That'd be great."
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April 17, 1998 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Up on the high desert, the sight of disk-shaped objects spinning across the sky can mean only one thing--alien visitors. That's precisely what happened Thursday when a half-dozen of the nation's best discus throwers traveled to this out-of-the-way spot for the Antelope Valley College Throws Festival. They came in search of truly Martian conditions with dust blowing and fierce gusts that could turn a strong throw into a world record. The wind reared up, if a bit late in the day, to no avail.
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August 8, 1997 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Godina reclaimed what he had lost here--the men's world shotput championship--when 1997 gold medalist Aleksandr Bagach of Ukraine had his title stripped Thursday after failing a doping test. Godina, the 1995 world titlist, was unseated by Bagach on Saturday night at the IAAF World Championships, out-throwing Godina, 70 feet 5 1/2 inches to 70-4 1/4.
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September 8, 2000 | DARIN ESPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Godina is known more for his accomplishments in the shotput than the discus throw. He is a two-time world shotput champion who won the World Cup in 1998 and a silver medal in the 1996 Olympic Games at Atlanta with a career best of 72 feet, three inches. The discus throw is not just a sidelight for Godina. It actually was his first event, and it will be his only event in the upcoming Olympic Games at Sydney. Godina finished fourth in the shotput at the U.S.
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February 24, 1996 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All John Godina did in 1995 was become the first man in 11 years to win the shotput and discus titles in the NCAA championships, earn berths in both events in the World Championships in Sweden and, once there, win the shotput gold medal.
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June 15, 2002
"People need to realize that if any of the major sports were to be tested like we're tested or punished like we're punished, the NFL, the NHL and [Major League Baseball] would implode." John Godina, U.S. shotputter, on drug testing
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September 8, 2000 | DARIN ESPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Godina is known more for his accomplishments in the shotput than the discus throw. He is a two-time world shotput champion who won the World Cup in 1998 and a silver medal in the 1996 Olympic Games at Atlanta with a career best of 72 feet, three inches. The discus throw is not just a sidelight for Godina. It actually was his first event, and it will be his only event in the upcoming Olympic Games at Sydney. Godina finished fourth in the shotput at the U.S.
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July 16, 2000 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two-time world champion John Godina was trying to come to grips with the notion that he will be spending this year's Olympic shotput competition on the outside looking in, trying to put a positive spin on his disappointing fourth-place finish in Saturday's final round of the U.S. Olympic trials. "The good news," Godina said, "is that the three best shotputters in the world are going to Sydney. We could sweep that thing. I hope they do. That'd be great."
SPORTS
April 17, 1998 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Up on the high desert, the sight of disk-shaped objects spinning across the sky can mean only one thing--alien visitors. That's precisely what happened Thursday when a half-dozen of the nation's best discus throwers traveled to this out-of-the-way spot for the Antelope Valley College Throws Festival. They came in search of truly Martian conditions with dust blowing and fierce gusts that could turn a strong throw into a world record. The wind reared up, if a bit late in the day, to no avail.
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January 29, 1998 | JIM MURRAY
The track meet used to be as indigenous to L.A. and Southern California as the surfboard or the SigAlert. The Coliseum used to attract bigger crowds to its track meets than the Rams. The Compton Relays sold out. The world's best athletes showed their form here on the way to the Olympic Games. This saw Jesse Owens, Charlie Paddock, Carl Lewis, Wilma Rudolph before they became world figures. So it gives me great pleasure to announce the L.A.
SPORTS
August 8, 1997 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Godina reclaimed what he had lost here--the men's world shotput championship--when 1997 gold medalist Aleksandr Bagach of Ukraine had his title stripped Thursday after failing a doping test. Godina, the 1995 world titlist, was unseated by Bagach on Saturday night at the IAAF World Championships, out-throwing Godina, 70 feet 5 1/2 inches to 70-4 1/4.
SPORTS
April 11, 2004 | Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer
There is a new order in the American group of throwers in the shotput. Christian Cantwell has become the latest star in the event after winning performances at the U.S. and world indoor track and field championships. Reese Hoffa has also emerged as another serious competitor on the world scene. In a discipline where ego and attitude are as omnipresent as talent and technique, Hoffa announced his arrival and hinted at a changing of the guard in a recent magazine article.
SPORTS
November 13, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Bob Larsen, who coached UCLA's men's track team to two NCAA outdoor titles and guided Bruins alumnus Meb Keflezighi to a silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic marathon, and shot putter John Godina, a two-time Olympic medalist and three-time world champion who competed under Larsen at UCLA, were elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. The honors were announced Wednesday by USA Track and Field, the sport's national governing body. Their induction will take place Dec. 7 in Indianapolis at USATF's Jesse Owens Hall of  Fame banquet.
SPORTS
August 3, 1997 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American hopes of another gold medal in the men's shotput sank like a spherical 16-pound weight in the Greek twilight Saturday at the World Championships. Randy Barnes, 1996 Olympic gold medalist and 1997 world leader, failed to get out of the afternoon qualifying round, missing the cut with a best of 64- 1/4--more than 10 feet off his world record of 75-10 1/4.
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February 24, 1996 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All John Godina did in 1995 was become the first man in 11 years to win the shotput and discus titles in the NCAA championships, earn berths in both events in the World Championships in Sweden and, once there, win the shotput gold medal.
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