Erik Sowinski is one of the most enduring elite athletes in one of the toughest middle distance events, the men’s 800 meters. From 2013 to 2019, Erik made 13 US indoor and outdoor championships, winning 3 US indoor championships, as well as taking the bronze in 2016 World indoor, after making the 2015 World Indoor.
Erik Sowinski, photo by Brooks Beasts
Erik is a prolific racer, I would see him on the European circuit, both indoors and out. Up until recently his coach was University of Iowa’s Joe Woody, Director of Track & Field. Joe Woody was the 2003 Paris WC silver medalist at 400m hurdles (and 1999 Seville WC 4x400m gold medalist). As a member of the Brooks Beast TC, Erik Sowinski is now coached by Danny Mackey.
It’s awesome to see Erik Sowinski still motivated and training. Erik Sowinski is another fine example of the quality of athletes we have in this fine sport.
Extremely excited to be joining the @brooksrunning family and teaming up with the @BeastsTC as we run down big goals in 2020! #RunHappy https://t.co/gKDSFF9aaP
— Erik Sowinski (@eSowinski) February 7, 2020
Erik Sowinski, photo by USATF.org
IOWA CITY (USA): After finishing fifth in the 800m at the 2016 US Olympic Trials, Erik Sowinski remains motivated to challenge for a spot on the US 800m team next year, informs KCRG. “I’ve been competitive every year on the international scene since 2012. So just knowing that that competitive fire is still there, the skill’s still there, I think that I would’ve had a hard time giving up and not seeing what I can do in an Olympic year,” he said. His regular training facilities at the University of Iowa are closed but he is able to train on an open track at a local high school.
The Olympics have been postponed until 2021, but former @IowaXC_TF star Erik Sowinski (@eSowinski) is still training for his dream of making Team USA. However, training has created some challenges. Usually trains at U of I, but facilities are closed, so he has to improvise. pic.twitter.com/hN6BBSSOm3
— Josh Christensen (@jchristensenTV9) May 3, 2020
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