Podominick moved to Portland last September and began training five to six hours per day, six days a week. A part-time job at a supplement shop pays the rent most months, she said, but she has tapped out her savings and relies on financial help from her parents and occasional donations from others.
Her commitment yielded the kind of results she had been chasing for years. Training with others in Wilkins’ throwing group, Podominick said she has thrown more than she ever has in a season, and she has built the task-specific strength she lacked.
“She’s become more consistent with getting on balance, and she’s able to create more power as a result,” Wilkins said. “Her delivery is still inefficient, but that only means upside for the future.”
After the world championships, Podominick anticipates moving yet again. Wilkins has been appointed as throws coach for USA Track and Field, and he and his training group will be headquartered at the U.S. Olympic training center in Chula Vista, Calif.
Her world championships goal is to make the finals. From there, she hopes to get a sponsorship that will allow her to keep training full-time toward the 2016 Olympics. That might seem like a long ways away, but Podominick is eager to see how much distance she can add to her throws — and how far that might carry her.
“It’s exhausting, but I love what I do,” she said. “I am truly blessed.”