Making the Best Moves


New for the 2015 indoor track and field season, USTFCCCA has been conducting a series of podcasts where they interview a few Division I athletes while they also conduct national scene event previews.  For the throwing events, Kyle Terwillegar and Dennis Young interviewed Cornell’s throwing phenom Stephen Mozia in their QA2 Max Podcast.  Mozia shared many thoughts and stories in this podcast, ranging from the differences between the indoor and outdoor shout put circles, competing in NCAAs last year (where he had finished runner-up in both the indoor and outdoor championships to Texas’ Ryan Crouser), his decision to represent his home country of Nigeria on the international scene, and how he got into the throwing scene back in high school.

During the interview, Mozia gave massive props to Cornell throwing coach Megan Johnson on his collegiate success and for coming to Cornell in the first place.

“If you talk to and be around [Johnson], she’s a totally chill person. Most people can totally mess with her…  I wouldn’t have came to Cornell if it wasn’t for her. Cornell is probably the best move of my life, not just track wise but also life wise.”  

Heads up: he is aiming for the 21-meter barrier (68-10 3/4) in the shot put, something that he came so close to achieving last year at the World Indoor Championships (had he not fouled due to an early celebration).  He shared with Terwillegar and Young on how he remembered that fouled throw like it was yesterday.  Fortunately for us, he still has until June to get that goal while still in college.

Mozia intends to take a mechanical engineering internship after he graduates and attempt to balance the throwing life (continuing to represent Nigeria) with the engineering life for awhile.

You can listen to the full 40-minute podcast on USTFCCCA’s website here.  Last fall, Terwillegar also interviewed Harvard grad Maksim Korolev about him finishing his NCAA eligibility at Stanford, among other things.

photo by Doug Austin

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