John Garvey (who once beat Michael Carter) adds to legend with Facebook pages

Nearly 40 years ago, John wore Team USA kit in a dual meet in Manila, Philippines.Nearly 40 years ago, John wore Team USA kit in a dual meet in Manila, Philippines.

After giving John Garvey some pop yesterday on his World Masters Games Facebook page, I messaged him to learn more details on his group. He’s a lot more interesting than anything I wrote.

He replied that he’s using social media to get folks to appreciate throwing and share information during this pandemic.

“I am creating several throwing oriented Facebook groups to remedy this big disconnect with throwing with focus on athletes, throwing history and throwing facilities,” John said.

He’s a World Masters Games veteran. At 1998 Eugene meet, he won bronze in the discus a few feet behind Dean Crouser in silver. (An Indian took gold.) He and Dean celebrated at Track Town Pizza. Which is where everyone meets in Eugene.

He said his goal is to get people excited about WMG “and that includes me.”

“Technology on FB digital platform will allow athletes in WMG to have better communication, not just top down from WMG. We can also share info on past games,” he said. “Beauty of FB is it’s all free. All athletes, even outside track and field, will hopefully join and the group will become more robust, and provide high value information to athletes.”

John threw for University of Maryland and was 1984 Atlantic Coast Conference and IC4A discus champion. (In 1982, he threw in a USA-Philippines dual meet in Manila.) In 1994, he was U.S. national masters champ. His 2-kilo PR is 194 feet.

He recently recalled on FB that he bumped Michael Carter out of the 1984 NCAA discus final. (Yes, that Michael Carter — the legendary prep shot record-holder and Super Bowl champ who went on win shot silver in the Los Angeles Games. Also father of Michelle, the women’s shot gold medalist at the 2016 Rio Games.)

John also launched the Al Oerter Memorial Fan Club on Facebook (he attended Al’s 2007 funeral in Florida) and Throwing Ring Inventory, which talks about cool places to throw.

Nice to meetcha, John. Stay in touch.

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Ken Stone
Ken has followed track as an athlete, writer and webmaster since the late 1960s, and saw most sessions of track and field at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He also attended the 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Trials. He worked for 10 newspapers and now reports for Times of San Diego. Write him at or Story tips always welcome!

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