Tia Brooks is an American shot putter currently sponsored by Nike. She is an Olympian, was a four-time NCAA champion while at the University of Oklahoma, and former collegiate record holder with a PB of 19.73M.
If Brooks had her way in high school, she never would have picked up the shot. But thankfully her coach Derek Urbanowski talked Brooks out of competing only in the sprints and had her compete in the throws as well. During her freshman year of college, she had an incident during a weightlifting session where she suddenly lost feeling in her legs and had to be carried out of the weight room on a spine-board. After medical evaluation, it was determined that Brooks had two bulging discs, degenerative disc disorder and a narrowing of her spine. While a doctor suggested that Brooks choose a different sport, she was not deterred and after a year off and lots of rehab and strengthening work, she came back in 2010 to finish 4th at USA Outdoors. Brooks earned a spot on Team USA for the 2012 Olympics. She claimed both NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.