SAUNDERS Raven

15 May 1996
25
Female
CHARLESTON, SC
 
United States of America
SAN DIEGO, CA
 
United States of America

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
ATH Athletics Women's Shot Put 2 Silver Medal

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Olympic Stadium - Shot Put A
Finished
Olympic Stadium - Shot Put A
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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Olympic Games
YearLocationShot Put
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA5th (19.35)

World Athletics Championships
YearLocationShot Put
2017London, GBR10th (17.86)

Diamond League overview - Three best ranks per season and event since 2017
YearShot Put
20182 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd, 1 x 4th

Diamond League - Ten best performances since 2020
RankYearEventLocationResult
22018Shot PutBrussels, BEL19.64
22018Shot PutMonaco, MON19.67
32018Shot PutShanghai, CHN18.63
42018Shot PutRabat, MAR18.51

World Challenge - Ten best performances since 2020
RankYearEventCompetitionLocationResult
62018Shot PutWorld ChallengeBerlin, GER18.05


Legend
SF - Semifinal, QF - Quarterfinal, 1R - 1st Round, Qual. - Qualification, QR - Qualification Round, DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, DQ - Disqualified, NM - No Mark, [Relay athlete without time] - Did not run in final
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Hulk (Facebook page, 28 Jul 2016)
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Athlete
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University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, USA
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English
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In May 2019 she had surgery on a hip problem. (postandcourier.com, 20 Jan 2020)
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She first began practising the shot put as a high school student in Charleston, SC, United States of America. (postandcourier.com, 10 Jun 2016)
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Athletics was not her first sporting love. "I had hoop dreams. I first picked up the shot put as something to help with basketball. I did not think much of it, but I had been playing basketball since third grade. I was actually thinking of moving to Florida with a cousin before I started with the shot put. So it gave me a reason to stay back home and train." (postandcourier.com, 08 Mar 2016)
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To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (postandcourier.com, 20 Jan 2020)

General Interest

General
MENTAL HEALTH
In 2017 she experienced a loss of form and a number of injury problems. She was also studying at the University of Mississippi in the United States of America, and money was tight. Her issues came to a head in January 2018 when she considered making an attempt to end her life. She contacted a therapist she knew from college and checked into a mental health facility, where she was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Within a month she decided to leave university, and she did not compete for much of 2018 and 2019. "I felt like I was in over my head. I was probably about 10 or 15 minutes from trying to end my life. I wanted to let somebody know what was going on, so I texted [the therapist] that I was afraid and that I didn't know what I was going to do to myself. As I was going through it, I didn't want to feel like a bother to the people that I love. You know people are going through their own things, and you feel like a burden. You don't want to put your things on other people. I tried to get through it and handle it on my own, and you think it's not that bad until it is that bad." (postandcourier.com, 20 Jan 2020)

RETURN TO ATHLETICS
After leaving college she relocated to San Diego, CA, United States of America. She began working on her diet and mental health with support from family and coaches, and trains at the Olympic Training Center of Chula Vista and at San Diego State. "I do a lot of meditation and things like that. And being out here at the training center, I'm around really positive people. We've got Olympians, gold medallists and athletes like that. And with my closest friends, I'm trying to be more vocal about what I'm going through, asking them to check up on me and just trying to be more open about what I'm struggling with." (postandcourier.com, 20 Jan 2020)

Legend
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Silver Medal
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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