Official Site for the 2012 US Olympic Trials  - Track & Field  June 21 - July 1, 2012

Hammer Time

Welcome to the Hammer Throw Competition!


The first official U.S. Olympic Trials event begins on the morning of Thursday, June 21, with a special edition of the men’s and women’s hammer throw at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

The day will begin with the women’s competition currently scheduled to start at 11:15 am followed by the men’s competition at 3:15pm.  Each will include one qualifying and one final round.  The special location for the hammer throw will be a new and exciting phenomenon in U.S.-based competition, and is a practice which started with much success at the 2004 Athens Olympics, where the shot put competition was held inside the Coliseum.

“We consider the Olympic Trials to be one of the three greatest track and field meets on the planet, after only the Olympic Games themselves and the World Championships,” said USATF Interim CEO Mike McNees. “All of our events are showcased, with athletes trying for that coveted Olympic Team roster spot. Eugene proved itself to be an innovative host for the Olympic Trials in 2008, and they are continuing that innovation in 2012 with the special men’s and women’s hammer throw. We have no doubt the hammer will be a true showcase event that will get the meet off to a great start.”

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  Travel Information
  Practice Times
  Competition Schedule
  Implement inspection
  Awards and Team Processing
  Additional Activities


Travel to the Hammer Throw Competition

Nike World Headquarters is located approximately 30 minutes from Portland International Airport and 2 hours north of Eugene.  Athletes competing in the Hammer Throw who are not planning to continue on to Eugene may prefer to book travel in and out of Portland.  A shuttle program from the Portland Airport to the Hilton Garden Inn will be provided. Please check out the athlete transportation page to learn more about the free athlete shuttles.

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Hammer Throw Housing Information

Host Hotel: The Hilton Garden Inn, located at 15520 NW Gateway Court, Beaverton, Oregon is less than two miles from the Nike campus and 23 miles from PDX Airport. If you still need to book your reservation, please visit National Travel Solutions or the Hammer Housing page on the TrackTown12. Athlete shuttles between the Hilton Garden Inn Beaverton and the Nike campus will be provided. Please look for a detailed schedule in the hotel lobby when you arrive.


Airport Transportation

Free transportation for athletes participating in the hammer competition will be provided from the Portland International Airport to the Hilton Garden Inn. To arrange for a shuttle, please contact Point to Point Transportation by June 15th at or call (503) 282-0553.


Athlete Shuttle

A shuttle will be available for all athletes and coaches from the host hotel to the competition venue during practice times and throughout the entire competition day. The shuttle will depart every thirty minutes on a continuous loop between the Hilton Garden Inn and Nike.


Parking on the Nike Campus

Parking is available and free of charge on the Nike Campus. Please enter the Nike World Headquarters through the Walker Road Entrance and you will be directed where to park. Parking spaces will be provided close to the Tiger Woods Center for participating athletes.


Competition & Practice Information

Entries:  The entry process for the hammer competition is the same as it is for all athletes competing in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and it is located on the USATF website. In order to facilitate the credential process, be sure to submit a photo with your 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials entry.


Hammer Credentials & Packet Pick-up

We are providing a special credential and packet pick-up area for the Hammer Competition so you will not have to visit the Accreditation Center in Eugene. Credentials and packet pick-up will be located at the Tiger Woods Center, next to the competition area on the Nike campus. Credential & Packet Pick-up Hours of Operation:


Tuesday, June 19th 12:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday, June 20th: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday, June 21st:     9:00am-2:00pm


Athletes participating in the Hammer Competition

 If you provide your photo during the entry process, you will receive your 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Credential at the Tiger Woods Center. This credential will provide you access to the athlete areas at the hammer competition as well as in Eugene. If you don’t provide a photo with your U.S. Olympic Team Trials entry, you will be issued a Hammer Competition Credential which will provide you access to athlete areas for the hammer competition only.


Coaches & Other Credential Holders

 Coaches and other individuals qualified to receive a credential for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be issued a credential at the Tiger Woods Center that is valid for the hammer competition only. You can visit the Accreditation Center in Eugene to receive your 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Credential.


Facilities and Practice

The state-of-the-art hammer ring and cage will be available for athletes to practice on 3 days prior to the event. Bo Jackson Fitness Center is a fully equipped Olympic weight room will be available for use on the Nike campus during the following times:


Monday, June 18th: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Tuesday, June 19th: 10:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday, June 20th 10:00am-5:00pm


Detailed Hammer Throw Competition Schedule

Thursday, June 21:
Women’s Competition:
10:15am General Warm-up
11:15am Flight One
12:15pm Flight Two
1:15pm Finals Begin
Men’s Competition:
2:15pm General Warm-up
3:15pm Flight One
4:15pm Flight Two
5:15pm Finals 


Implement Inspection: Implement Inspection will be at the Tiger Woods Center on Wednesday, June 20th from 12pm-5pm.


Meet Medical: Meet Medical , Massage and Chiropractic services will be provided at the Tiger Woods Center during all practice and competition times.


Bo Jackson Fitness Center: The Bo Jackson Fitness Center is a full-service health club on the campus of Nike available to you while in town preparing for the Olympic Trials. The Bo Jackson Center features an indoor gym, running track, weight room, racquetball and tennis courts.

Athlete Lounge & Hospitality:

An athlete lounge and hospitality area will be provided at the Tiger Woods Center during all practice and competition times.


Coaches Seating: Seating for credentialed coaches will be provided by the hammer cage.


Spectator Seating for Friends & Family:

Seating for friends and family will be provided in the spectator seating area.


Awards Ceremony:  Immediately after each final the top three athletes will be recognized, interviewed by the on-field announcer and given the opportunity to interact with the spectators and be celebrated by the crowd. The top three men’s and women’s hammer throwers will be awarded their official 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials medal in Eugene during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Opening Ceremonies at 4:00pm on Friday, June 22nd.


Top Four Placing Men & Women Hammer Throwers:

The top four men’s and women’s athletes (as long as they have met the Olympic qualifying standard) will be required to participate in the following post-competition activities at the Hilton in Eugene, Oregon.


Saturday, June 23rd: Team Sign-up (Women at 9am & Men at 9:30am)

Sunday, June 24th, 2-6pm: USOC Ambassador Program


Transportation to Eugene for the top four men’s and women’s athletes will be provided by the TT12 local organizing committee on Friday June 22nd at 10am. Housing (costs) will be provided by USATF and the USOC for the additional nights needed to complete Team Sign-up and the Ambassador Program.  Reminder, the USOC and USATF will cover the cost of a hotel room (two per room) for any athlete making the team that has to remain an additional night because they cannot depart for home because of the Ambassador’s Program. Athletes who expect to make the Olympic Team should book their housing to cover the additional night.


Special Hammer Throw Optional Activities, Courtesy of Nike:

Barbeque on the Nike Campus, Wednesday, June 20th at 6pm:  Participating hammer throwers, their coaches and families are invited to attend a complimentary pre-meet barbecue at 6pm on the Nike Campus. Additional details will be provided on the invitation included with your athlete packet.


Access to the Nike Employee Store:  Take advantage of a special friends and family pass to Nike Employee Store where you will find shoes, apparel and accessories available at prices usually only reserved for employees of Nike. Your Nike Employee Store pass can be picked up with your athlete packet. Due to NCAA Compliance regulations, this offer will only be extended to post-collegiate athletes.


Tour the Nike Campus: Take a look behind the curtain of one of the most successful brands in the world with a campus tour of Nike World Headquarters.


Contact Information

Any questions reguarding the Hammer Throw Competition please contact
Hammer Competition Director: Lance Deal 541-346-5287 or
Hammer Athlete Hospitality Coordinator: Lisa Peterson 859-230-6757 or


Tickets to Hammer Throw

Athletes and credential holders will receive entry by way of their credential. 

Coaches, family and friends will receive passes to attend the competition at no charge.

Please continue to check and for updates on the Hammer Throw.