Valerie Adams Husband, brother, family, height, weight, bio

Anyone interested in the shot put must have heard of Valerie Adams, famous shot putter from New Zealand who is currently the highest medalist in the shot put events.

Valerie participated in various world championships and won numerous gold medals. She has won three gold medals at the World Championships and two gold medals at the World Indoor Championships. She also won Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012. No doubt she is a well-decorated athlete.

the biography

One of the most dominant shot putters in the world, Valerie Adams was born on October 6, 1984 in Rotorua, New Zealand as Dame Valerie Kasanita Adams to her Tongan mother, Lillika Ngauamo, and her father , Sydney Adams, of English descent. His father, Sydney Adams, settled in New Zealand after retiring from the Royal Navy. He had a very active love life and as a result he had a total of eighteen children by five different women. The youngest of Valerie’s siblings is famed NBA basketball player Steven Adams. Besides Steven, two other brothers also play professional basketball in New Zealand, but they are less well known than Steven.

Valerie began to show an interest in sportsAt school, one of her physical education teachers who recognizes her natural abilities encouraged her to take an interest in sports. The physical appearance of the budding athlete has also helped her in sports activities, she is very tall and has very strong arms which are suitable for shot put or javelin throw. Valerie met her first coach, Kirsten Hellier, a former javelin thrower when she was a teenager. She agreed to become his coach in 1998.

Growing up was not so rosy for the promisingathlete. Tragedy struck when his mother fell ill with cancer. Valérie had to suspend her studies for her mother’s sake. For three months, she cared for her mother in the hospice where she battled illness. Valerie’s inspiration to pursue a career in sport came when she was in hospice watching the 2000 Sydney Olympics with her ailing mother. She lost her mother shortly after the event, but the seed was already sown in her mind.

Active Days in Sport by Valerie Adams



Valerie became active in sports activities and her first major victory was when, with a throw of 16.87 m, she won a title at the World Junior Championship in the year 2002. She paved the way to becoming a star rising by winning the title of junior world champion with 17.73 m. In less than a year, Valérie won the silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games with a throw of 17.45m. This victory was significant in her life as it motivated her to do greater feats in the future. At the age of 18, Valérie finished fifth in the 2003 World Championship.

The fact that the rising star just had an appendectomy a few weeks before her first Olympics (2004) was a serious setback for her. Despite her delicate condition, she participated and finished seventh. Valerie lost gold to Nadzeya Ostapchuk in 2005 when she finished second in the World Athletics Final, but coincidentally Ostapchuk tested positive for drugs. Therefore, her results were canceled and the rising star – Valerie was promoted to gold.

2006 was a good year for Valerie Adams, she broke the 20-year-old Commonwealth Games record with 19.66m and a gold medal. In 2008, she won the world indoor title for the first time in Valencia. A first attempt of 19.73m qualified her for the finals at the Beijing Olympics and she won her first gold medal with a throw of 19.73m. With a throw of 20.44m, she beat China’s Lijiao Gong and Nadine Kleinert to win the World Athletics Championship in Berlin in 2009. In April 2010, Valerie replaced her coach Kirsten Hellier who had accompanied her since 1998 by Didier Poppe but unfortunately. , she did not hold firm with the new trainer and had to hire Jean-Pierre Egger as a trainer towards the end of 2010.

At the London Olympics in 2012, she lost the gold medal to Nadzeya Ostapchuk, but as a replay of the world athletics final in 2005, Ostapchuk failed the doping test and Valerie became the gold medalist. The gold medal she won at the 2013 World Championship games in Moscow made her the greatest ever gold medalist in weight contests. Valerie represented New Zealand at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she won the gold medal.

Family: Brother, Husband

The famous shot putter comes from an 18-year-old family and she has three siblings in active sports, among them is Steven Adams, a well-known basketball player.

Valerie’s first marriage was to Bertrand Vili, a discus thrower from New Caledonia. Their marriage lasted from 2004 to 2010. Her second marriage was to her childhood friend Gabriel Price on April 2, 2016. The couple are blessed with a daughter Kimoana Josephine Adams-Price who was born on October 11, 2017.

Size weight

Valerie Adams looks quite intimidating when it comes to her bodybuild. She stands at an admirable height of 1.93 m and her weight is enormous (120 kg).

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