Boston, USA – When Reese Hoffa was putting the shot in the shadow of two-time Olympic silver medallist Adam Nelson and top-ranked John Godina, he took other steps to get attention, such as throwing in a mask, or proposing that he compete in a bear suit. Since winning the 2006 World Indoor Championship, the 2007 USA Championship, and then the 2007 outdoor World Championship titles, all Hoffa needs to talk about to get attention is throwing far.
“I've been doing a lot more press stuff” this year, Hoffa said in a recent teleconference. He has also been talking throwing with Koji Murofushi, the 2004 Olympic gold medallist in the Hammer Throw and a renowned student of all the throws. “He's a great resource,” says Hoffa of Murofushi. “He's done it all, and in Japan he's almost bigger than life. It's interesting to see how he handles that.”
At the Reebok Boston Indoor Games on Saturday (26 Jan) evening, Hoffa will be one of four 2007 Osaka World champions competing, but he'll be the only one not opening his season at the Reggie Lewis Center. Hoffa threw 21.06m on Monday in California, a promising start to his campaign to defend his World Indoor title in Valencia in March. In Boston, Hoffa will face Nelson, 2004 World Indoor champion Christian Cantwell, and Dan Taylor, last year's winner and the 7th-ranked putter as a newcomer in 2007.