Nelson to be honored as Olympic Champion in Des Moines
DES MOINES, IOWA - Adam Nelson (Atlanta, Ga.) will stand atop the podium Sunday afternoon at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships to be recognized as the 2004 Olympic Champion in the men’s shot put.
USATF will honor Nelson during a victory ceremony at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He will receive a laurel wreath, have the national anthem played in his honor, take a victory lap around Drake Stadium. (Nelson currently is awaiting receipt of his gold medal.) Nelson’s ceremony will be available LIVE on Universal Sports at 1:40 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, June 23.
Nelson won the Olympic shot put title with his throw of 21.16m/69-5.25 on Aug. 18, 2004 in the ancient Olympic Stadium in Olympia. Nelson was originally awarded the silver medal before Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine was stripped of the gold December 2012 due to a doping violation. The IAAF and IOC recently named him, officially, the gold medalist in the men’s shot put.
Nelson's incredible list of medals now includes the 2004 Olympic gold, 2000 Olympic silver, 2005 World gold and three World silver medals. Nelson medaled at every outdoor World Championship and Olympic Games from 2000 through 2007. He also is a seven-time USA Champion.