Athlete of the Week Archive

May 6, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Athlete of the Week



Joe Riccio


Which throwing event is your favorite?
"My favorite event is the hammer because I am successful at it, but I really love the events all the same."

What was the most difficult aspect of learning the 35lb weight throw and the hammer throw?
"Well the weight throw is a very difficult thing to learn because of its weight, but for both of them I would say the foot work is the hardest aspect."

Why did you decide to transfer to Wyoming?
"I love nature and the school seemed to be in a very appealing area. I also felt like this is where I would become the best I can be as an athlete."

If you could add something to the sport of throwing what would it be?
"I would add the use of electronic devices during competition because listening to music would make it more enjoyable."

If you were not a thrower what sport would you want to play?
"Football"

What do you do in Laramie when you are not at practice?
"Either homework or cooking"

What is your favorite UW sporting event to attend?
"I like going to volleyball because the games were always entertaining."

Did you ever want to be a sprinter or a distance runner?
"Never. I wouldn't mind being really good at them but I prefer not to run."

If you could have one super power what would it be?
"The ability to fly at any speed and height I want, simply for the ability to travel anywhere quickly and for free."

What is something people don't know about you?
"That I want to play professional football after my track career."

How does it feel to be a two-time junior college All-American?
"It feels good to be rewarded for working hard while in juco, but the label doesn't mean so much to me."

What are your goals for the rest of the season?
"To be a conference champion, to be on the top-ten list for UW in each event that I compete in, and a be a DI All-American."

What's on your "Bucket List"?
"To write a book"

Which is your favorite season, indoor or outdoor?
"Outdoor, I love nature."

If you could choose one song to play over the loud speaker before you start your event what would it be?
"Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider or The Sky Is The Limit by Lil Wayne"