Andover teen keeps family shot put tradition alive

Andover teen keeps family shot put tradition alive


Andover teen keeps family shot put tradition alive


ANDOVER, Minn. – You could say Thomas Anderson was born to throw.

“I’m pretty sure were the only people in the neighborhood with a javelin throwing in the yard,” says Colin Anderson, Thomas’ father.

The son of two Olympic shot putters, Lynne and Colin Anderson, Thomas first picked up the shot in fourth grade.

“I threw it like a baseball,” Thomas Anderson recalls. “It killed my shoulder.”

Since that throw he’s had nothing but success. Thomas is the state record holder in the shot put throwing more than 65 feet. He has aspirations of carrying on the family business at the Olympics and even surpassing his parents.

“Most of the inspiration is getting to there,” says Thomas. “But then my own ego and my own determination want to be better.”

“I think he has the physical attributes,” says Colin Anderson. “But there are a lot of people that have physical but being tough mentally, I think he has that too”.

When you can throw the shot put 65 plus feet in high school you’ll certainly have your choice of colleges and while Thomas choose Arizona State, they were far from the first suitors for his shot put services.

“The very first scholarship offer was from the University of Iowa,” recalls his mother Lynne.

“My mom was pregnant with me I think the second trimester,” recounts Thomas.

“He was a very old friend of mine and said when I was carrying Thomas, he has a full ride once he gets to be a senior,” Lynne adds.

“He called me once and offered again and I said no thanks,” Thomas says grinning. “If I was going to go anywhere in the Big Ten I would have gone to Minnesota”.

Considering both his parents have coached at the University of Minnesota it’s possibly the one legacy he didn’t carry on, but that’s OK.

“Arizona State is… Alabama football, its Kentucky basketball,” says Colin. “That’s what Arizona State is to throws.”

This may make him the best thrower in Anderson family history which is really saying something.


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