Kara Winger is a four-time American Olympian who waved the flag of the USA at the closing ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She got the role of flag bearer after her teammates from the USA athletes voted for her.
Winger has already represented the USA in the three previous Olympics as a javelin thrower before competing in this year’s Olympics. Though she did not reach the finals even in her fourth time in the Olympics, she still is proud of participating and waving her nation’s flag on an international platform.
|Popular Name||Kara Winger|
|Real Name||Kara Estelle Winger|
|Date of birth||April 10, 1986|
|Age||36 years old|
|Place of birth||Seattle, Washington, USA|
|Occupation||Professional Javelin thrower|
|Net worth||1 Million – 3 Million USD|
|Height||6 ft (183 cm)|
Kara Winger’s Net Worth
Winger has been active on the field for more than twenty years since she started in high school.
She has led a successful career, which has helped her gain more than enough fandom and fortune. The athlete has around 1 million to 3 million USD.
Height and Physical Measurements
Winger had a great height and an athletic body for a female athlete. She stands tall at 6 feet and weighs 84 kgs.
Her intense training on the field has made her whole body toned and muscular.
Kara’s Personal Life And Family
The four-time Olympian was born in Seattle, Washington to her parents Bruce and Rona.
Though born in Seattle, she grew up in Vancouver along with her brother Craig.
The two-time All American has not shared much about her parents or her brother. However, if rumors are true, she started her career as a javelin thrower after her geometry teacher, who was also the coach of the track and field team, persuaded her.
After starting to compete during her freshman year in high school, she has not looked back.
Instead, she has competed in several events and won many titles to her name.
Currently, she lives a happy life with her husband as the first female from her university who has qualified four times for the Olympics.
Kara Winger’s Husband and Relationship
Winger is married to her husband Russell, whom she met during the NACAC U23 Championship in 2006.
She was living together with Russell for several years before taking the vows in 2014.
Like Winger, her husband is also an athlete but specializes in the shot put and discus throw. He was also the NACAC Champion in 2015.
The eight-time national champion went to Alki Middle School and then joined Skyview High School for her high school degree.
After high school, she got recruited to Purdue University. She completed college with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, fitness, and health.
She didn’t stop her academic journey here. She joined DeVry University in Texas to get an MBA degree.
Details on another American athlete, Maggie Malone specializing in the javelin throw.
Winger began her career when she was just a freshman in high school.
While in high school, she competed in the USATF Junior U20 Championship and came in the sixth position.
She took part in the same competition next year and this time improved to the fourth position. This improvement also helped her to win the title in the Outdoor Championship.
She then continued her love for javelin throwing even in college. She won many NACAC and USATF championships before landing on the 2008 US Olympics team. She won her spot by winning the trials games.
Despite performing well, she couldn’t proceed to the final from the qualifying round.
After returning from the Olympics, she trained extra hard and even became a record holder after breaking the record set by Kim Kreiner.
Winger was improving day by day, and her improvement again made her part of the 2012 US Olympic team. However, even this time, she couldn’t move forward from the qualifying round in the Olympics.
She already competed in the Olympics two times, but she still had the fire to win a medal. So, she again competed in the trials games for the 2016 Olympics and even competed in the actual Olympics. Sadly, even this time, her journey ended in the qualifying round.
While she was competing in games at the Olympics, she suffered a lot of injuries. The same year of the 2016 Rio Olympics, she acquired an injury.
Besides this, she was also struggling with shoulder impingement and knee injury. To treat her injury, she went to rehab and stopped her throws for a whole month. Just last year, Winger got knee surgery before the 2020 Olympics.
She even had decided to take her retirement, but when the 2020 Olympics came around the corner, she got herself together and made a spot in the US Olympic team for the fourth time.
For the fourth time, her luck wasn’t in her favor. Her dream to reach the final got crushed after coming in eight positions during the qualifying round.
Winger initially felt embarrassed for not reaching the final but was satisfied at the same time as her teammates had given her the responsibility of the flag bearer. Despite her loss, she proudly waved the American flag during the closing ceremony.