Following hot on the heels of Pole Vaulter – John Prader’s move to Altis, 24 year old Anna Jelmini is the latest athlete set to relocate to Altis; bolstering the ever growing stable of talent basing themselves here. A graduate of ASU, Jelmini is an accomplished thrower who was a force to be reckoned with during her time there, earning USTFCCCA Field Athlete of the Year honors during her freshman campaign – an achievement backed up by consistent progress throughout her collegiate career as she became NCAA National Discus Champion in 2013. We sat down with Anna to find out more…
What is your home-town?
I’m from Bakersfield, CA.
What is your Degree in?
I have a BA in Design Studies from Arizona.
What events do you compete in, and what are your PR’s?
I throw the discus and shot put. My discus PR is 60.80 and my shot put PR is 17.63. I’ll probably only continue in the discus.
Have you competed in other sports?
My past sports include cross country, volleyball, basketball, softball, and swimming; but I haven’t competed in any of them for a while.
When you’re not on the track, what do you do?
I hang out with my friends, go to the movies, watch some Netflix, go bowling, hit some balls at the driving range, go swimming, and cook.
If you could have superhero powers, what would they be and why?!
I would want to be able to fly and control things with my mind. I think it would be so exhilarating to be able to fly and control things with my mind!
What’s your favorite movie?
V for Vendetta
And your favorite meal?
Going to a Basque restaurant, getting the halibut, and getting the family style set up.
Who is your sporting hero?
Suzy Powell is my hero. I admire what she has done as a throw and I think she is a really classy lady.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time” – Thomas A. Edison
Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
I don’t really have any pre-meet rituals. I just warm up, listen to music and get ready. The reason I don’t really have one is that I don’t want to have to rely on something in case I cannot do it.
What’s on your playlist before competitions?
It depends in my mood. It could be Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Beyonce, 2 Chains, Katy Perry, Lincoln Park, The Killers, or Calvin Harris.
What are your career goals?
I want to throw professionally for as long as I physically can, get a collegiate coaching job, get a masters in Landscape Architecture at the university I am coaching at, and then finally become a Landscape Architect.
What do you hope to be doing after your athletic career is finished?
Be a collegiate coach and then a Landscape Architect.
What does Track & Field need to do to build its popularity in North America?
I think it’s all about marketing. You can make anything popular if you just market it correctly. Take the pet rock fade that occurred in the 70s for instance. People were literally buying ordinary rocks, because it was deemed popular, and desirable.
What does success look like to you?
I believe success is accomplishing your goals.
What are the 3 most important factors that determine your success?
Focus, dedication, and determination.
What motivates you to reach this success?
I just have this unconditional drive to be the best that I can be.
What has prevented you from succeeding in the past?
Injuries, and technical difficulties.
What can prevent you from succeeding in the future?
The same – injuries, and technical difficulties.
Why did you choose to join Altis?
What are you most looking forward to about being based here?
The consistent weather, it’s a nice place to train, and I didn’t have to uproot my life and move, because I have lived in Tempe for the last 5 years.
Is there anything you are dreading?!
I’m dreading getting back into the swing of things. That’s always the hardest part, so I can’t wait to get past that!
Anna Jelmini is on Twitter – you can follow her here.