Nedow Ready to Take His Shot at the Best in the World
Aug. 7, 2013
CHICAGO – The moment that heavy metal ball landed 20.72 meters away was the beginning of Tim Nedow’s dream-come-true.
The 2012 DePaul graduate who was an Academic All-American and the BIG EAST Conference Most Outstanding Outdoor Field Performer as a senior won the shot put at the 2013 Canadian National Track and Field Championship in late June.
Nedow will represent his country at the IAAF World Championships that begin Saturday in Moscow and continue until Aug. 18. He and his Team Canada teammates took part in Tuesday night's Opening Dinner.
“I was pretty excited,” said Nedow, whose final training took place in Sweden in preparation for the big event in Russia. “My family was not there in Moncton, New Brunswick, but Athletics Canada did a great job streaming the competition so my family could watch at home.
“Right when I got done competing, they were the first to call and congratulate me."
Nedow has come a long way from the Blue Demon freshman who threw 13.14m at his first meet.
“I'm really pumped up to be representing my country on the world stage,” Nedow said. “It's crazy to think that I have come this far in shot put. It will definitely be an awesome experience competing against the greatest shot putters in the world.
“I recently got back from Kazan, Russia where I was representing Canada and DePaul at the World University Games. I went in there hoping to win but ended up fouling all three of my attempts. Kazan put on an awesome event and was a great experience.”
Nedow is a little anxious for his Russian redo.
“I have wanted to compete at this stage ever since I realized my potential,” Nedow said. “Coach Murer (DePaul throws coach Brandon Murer) and my high school coach Darrin Reesal always believed in me and told me that I can be a world-class thrower.
“However, it wasn't until early in my senior year at DePaul when I was constantly hitting 20m and achieving the Olympic A standard that I started to believe it myself.
“Now that things have been coming together this year mentally and physically, I know I'm ready to be competitive in Moscow. With my training going well, and once my adrenaline starts flowing and with the atmosphere over there, I think I’m going to do really well.”
Nedow credited his coach, Anatoliy Bondarchuk, and his experience at DePaul for the clutch performance in Moncton.
“Canadian nationals were a lot like representing DePaul at the BIG EAST,” Nedow said. “Everyone's fired up. Everyone's ready to do their best. And everyone's going in with an attitude to win.
“Now that I'm not on a team like I was at DePaul, I don't get any pre-game motivational talks from coach Dopek (DePaul track and field coach Dave Dopek) and coach Murer. So before I competed, I remembered the things they used to talk about like that this is just another meet and don't overthink stuff. Just do what you've been training to do.
"The mental game is huge in track, and when you get nervous or too worked up, it can play a big factor when you’re competing. So I just tried to think about some of the speeches and advice they gave before a big meet.”
Nedow was able to reconnect with two of his former Blue Demon teammates in Moncton.
“It was nice to see Missy Fraser and Alanna Kovacs, who were also competing at nationals,” Nedow said. “I don't see them very often anymore so it's always good to catch up when we have the chance.
“We all got together after we were done competing and hung out. We talked about our new training and what it’s like not living in Chicago anymore.”
Right after graduation, Nedow moved to Kamloops, British Columbia and began training at the high performance throws center. He also trained for three months in Arizona and one month in California before entering the competitive season last April.
Did he have any advice for members of the current Blue Demon track and field program?
“I was never a big name in throwing when I came to DePaul,” he said. “My first meet I threw 13.14m. Over the years though, I got better and better until I got to the world level I'm at today.
“You just never know how far you can make it in something. I would have never thought picking up a metal ball would take me to where I am today. But I listened to my coaches, put in the hard work and it has all paid off.
“I still follow DePaul track and field very closely. I saw some big performances this year from some of my former teammates. Just keep working hard and listen to your coaches. DePaul has a lot of talent, so I hope to see even bigger results next year.”