Lance’s Bio

I was born New Years Day 1984. I weighed 10 pounds and was 22.25 inches long. My foot print barely fit on the birth certificate! I spent my first year in Springfield, IL and then my family moved out to the country. This was great for me because I love the outdoors.

Grade School

My sports career started in 4th grade when I played basketball at the YMCA. I played basketball throughout high school, college and beyond. In 8th grade my school didn’t have a track program, so my parents convinced the school board to allow the school to have a one man track team. That first year it was my uncle, Phil Brooks, who transported me to all track activities. The next year over 50 kids participated in the program.

    I was very active in Boy Scouts, especially loving all of the outdoor activities, and became an Eagle Scout. One of my scouting highlights was taking a 10 day back-pack trip with my dad to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

High School

I competed in several track and field events, but I excelled in the discus throw. I won just about every meet I entered and I broke the high school record. As a junior and senior I went to the state track meet, and senior year I was the state discus champion.

Our baseball and track seasons were held at the same time. My coaches allowed me to participate in both sports which was a real juggling act, but we made it work. Baseball was a lot of fun. I played third base and right field and pitched. I threw hard but never really knew where the pitch was going!

College

I attended Millikin University, Decatur, IL, participating in basketball and track. When basketball season was over, I had a one week of rest before track season started. During college, I broke and set several track records. I graduated with a BS in Environmental Science, and earned interdepartmental minors in Business Management and Art. After graduation I began training at CU. I started graduate school in 2007 at the University of Colorado in Boulder and completed one semester towards a masters in Limnology.

I’m currently employed as a high school throwing coach (shot put and discus). I also work for an oil and gas company, along with other weekend jobs (bartender, bouncer, construction). In addition, I am dedicated to my extensive training and work-out regimen.

Olympics

One of my lifetime goals is to participate in the Olympics. Moving to Denver was the first step in reaching that goal. In 2008 things started to speed up at an unbelievable rate. I found out that I could train full-time at the University of Arizona, which lead to the 2008 National Track Meet in Eugene, OR. I missed making it to the 2008 Olympics by 26 inches. But, this did not deter me from continuing my Olympic quest. Since 2008 I have been working out 6 to 7 days a week and watching my nutrition and weight gain. At 6 ft. 6 inches and 252 pounds, I have only 1+ years to go to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London. I am confident I will succeed in my quest. As of June 28, 2012, I am ranked number 1 in the country and number 34 in the world.

Lance Brooks — Discus Thrower

Stats

Age: 33

Height: 6' 6"

Weight: 270 lbs.

Wing span: 7 feet

Shoe size: 17

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