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The Olympics inspire, excite, and impress us as we meet athletes who have worked for years to reach the most respected games in the world.

Joe Kovacs and his mother, Joanna, as pictured in a church directory photo in 2006

Rio 2016: Joe Kovacs’ Olympic Journey

Joanna Kovacs’ son, Joe, will be throwing the shot put for the U.S. in the 2016 Olympic Games. As an athlete and a single mom, Joanna was mother, father and even coach to Joe throughout his accomplished career.

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