Area student wins junior olympic gold medal

Gilmer County High School sophomore Nathan Stout, 15, recently competed in the 2013 Amateur Athletic Union National Junior Olympics in Detroit, Mich., and won both a gold and a bronze medal.

Vying against a nation-wide field of 75 boys, aged 15 and 16, Stout led the 12-pound shot put competition from his first throw. His final throw of 48 feet and two inches earned him the first place gold medal and an AAU Track and Field All-American title presented to the top eight performers.

In addition to the gold medal in the shot put, Stout placed fourth out of approximately 70 young men in the discus with a throw of 138 feet and 10 inches to receive the bronze medal.

To prepare for the Junior Olympics, Stout dedicated an average 15 hours per week working on strength, flexibility, and throwing skills. He participated in Glenville State College’s Throwing Camp directed by GSC Coach Cam Perry, and attended Launch It Throw Camp at Williamstown, sponsored by Coach Zack Hall. Stout also had the full support of the Gilmer County High School track and field team led by Coach Willard Wright.

Since returning from Michigan, Stout’s focus has moved to being a member of the Gilmer County High School golf team this fall. He also plans to continue year-round training for the 2014 high school track season and the AAU National Junior Olympic Games to be held in Des Moines, Iowa.

Nathan was accompanied at the AAU National Junior Olympics by his parents, Connie & David O’Dell and Jim & Cristina Stout of Glenville, W.Va.

His grandparents are Waitman and Susie Sandy of Glenville, the late Eugene and Mary Stout, Jim and Mary O’Dell of Spencer, and Glenn and Judy Haddix of Buckhannon.