Valerie Adams profile

Valerie Adams prepared to throw the Shot

Athletics (Women's Shot Put)

Career highlight

Throwing 20.56m, a personal best, to win Gold in Beijing. That win was also the first track and field Gold for New Zealand since 1976.

Career other

Adams is the reigning Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion with a string of gold medals to her name and has won World titles at youth, junior and senior level, a rare achievement. Prior to her divorce in 2010 she competed as Valerie Vili.

Did you know?

Her half-brother Steven Adams is tipped to be a future basketball star. He's a towering seven-foot centre who is currently starting out his career in the US college system.