Sam Mattis or Samuel Harrison Mattis is a celebrated American discus thrower who represented the USA in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He made his place in the national team after winning third place in the trial games and became the only American athlete to reach the finals of the discus throw event in the Olympics.
Mattis was already a national hero even before making it to the national Olympics. He is a four-time champion of the Heps Outdoor Championship and even held the second-best record in discus throw ever made by a college student.
Biography & Wiki Quick Summary
|Samuel Harrison Mattis
|Date of birth
|March 19, 1994
|29 years old
|Place of birth
|Manhattan, New York City, USA
|East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
|In a relationship
|Professional Discus Thrower
|6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Sam Mattis’s Net Worth, Earnings, and Bonus
Mattis has been competing in many events held nationally and internationally. He has even competed in the Olympics by representing the USA.
Despite struggling financially in the early days, this newfound success has helped him earn fame and money.
Despite not knowing the exact number of his net worth, it is known that he receives 12 thousand USD annually for being the best American discus thrower.
He also received 10 thousand USD as a bonus and 6 thousand USD as prize money for winning third place during the trial games for the 2020 Olympics.
Height, Weight, and Physical Measurement
The US national discus throw champion has great physical features with a down-to-earth personality.
He stands tall at a great height of 6 feet 1 inch. Besides his great stature, he also has a ripped body that weighs around 111kg.
His hard work and training can be seen clearly in his muscular and tall stature.
Sam’s Personal Life and Family
Mattis was born in Manhattan in New York City to his father, Marlon, and mother, Marcie. However, he grew up in East Brunswick New Jersey with his brother, Jake. Like him, his brother also went to the University of Pennsylvania.
The one-time Olympian came from a humble household where his father had ties with sports. His father was a weight and a hammer thrower.
His father was even the team captain with a record in the weight throw. He was even the number three best athlete in the hammer throw in his days.
Growing up, Mattis was inspired by his father. So, despite having financial hardship, he didn’t give up on his dreams.
Things weren’t easy when he passed out from college. He got a job at a good company but left it behind to pursue his dreams in sports.
He has shared that while preparing for the 2020 Olympics, he used to do all kinds of jobs, from marketing for a local pharmacy to tutoring, just for some extra cash.
He used to take care of his living expenses with only 25 to 30 thousand USD a year. He even struggled to manage the money between his car and his apartment. He used to buy groceries from the local farmer’s market, which was cheaper than the supermarkets.
He struggled for a while, but all his hard work and dedication paid off as he made it to the national Olympic team after winning third place in the trial.
Besides being a hardworking and down-to-earth athlete, Mattis is also a social activist who has taken a stand against racial injustice in the USA.
Even during the 2020 Olympics, he raised his fist to start conversations. He also shared that the George Floyd incident affected him a lot.
Sam Mattis’s Girlfriend and Relationship
The three-time All-American has been dating his beautiful girlfriend, Allie Zamarian, since 2016.
Mattis posts pictures of them together now and then but has maintained privacy in sharing details about his girlfriend.
However, from the pictures that he posts on his Instagram, it is clear that the couple has great chemistry with each other and is very much in love.
Mattis attended East Brunswick High School to get his high school degree.
Once high school was over, he joined the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
He completed college in 2016 with a degree in finance and operations management.
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Mattis joined the track and field as a discus thrower during his high school days as a hobby. However, he was more focused on earning money than pursuing a career in the discus throw.
So, he became more focused on getting an internship and a stable job rather than establishing himself as a star athlete.
While still in college, he did a three-month internship with the Garrison Group. When this was over, he got jobs in his college in various positions.
In college, he started as a teaching assistant and made his way to work as a student-athlete tutor.
He worked at his university for years before getting an offer from the J.P. Morgan company to work as its sales and trading summer analyst.
After working for J.P. Morgan for six months, Mattis realized his calling towards discus throw after winning the NCAA event in 2015.
He was then determined to turn the discus throw into a full-time job. So, he left his 9-5 job and started doing part-time jobs here and there to support his passion.
The same year, he set a record for the fourth-longest throw in the history of college discus throw.
It motivated him more, and he started competing in many other competitions.
Soon he made a name for himself in 2016 after winning the Philadelphia College Classic event and setting an American collegiate record.
His throw even got recorded as the second-best throw ever made by a college student.
Mattis also won gold and silver in competitions like the NCAA National Championship.
While still following his passion, he tried his best to make himself financially stable. For this, he did many part-time jobs and also started working at Firstround.io as its director.
He worked there for over three years and left only in 2019 to focus on the 2020 Olympics.
He had been training since 2016 for this event, so when it was near, he made sure he gave it his all. His dedication paid off as he came third in the trial games.
Mattis became the only American athlete to reach the final during the discus throw event in the Olympics.
He was already a star athlete back home, but after coming in eighth place in the Olympics, he got recognition at an international level.
Currently, Mattis is training and looking forward to representing the USA once again in the Olympics in 2024.