- Olympic Silver Medalist
Raven Saunders is a two-time U.S. Olympic shot putter and Tokyo 2020 silver medalist.
Saunders, who goes by “Hulk” when competing, was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina where she grew up playing basketball. After discovering her track & field talents, she quickly climbed the ranks, breaking South Carolina’s shot put record by 11 feet and winning the state discus championship by 42 feet.
In her collegiate career, Saunders attended Southern Illinois and then the University of Mississippi. She’s a four-time NCAA champion, three-time SEC champion and seven-time All-American.
Raven made her first USA Olympic team in 2016, where at age 21, she placed second at the US Trials. She placed fifth in women’s shot put. Following the Rio games, severe depression nearly took her life. But she sought help, spent time in treatment and overcame suicidal thoughts. Later that year, she was competing again at the highest level. Her experience taught her valuable lessons she believes can help others. Since her recovery, she’s been spreading her message of hope.
In 2021, she returned to the Olympic arena for Tokyo 2020, winning the silver medal and becoming a media darling for her bold sense of style and performance and openness about her personal struggles. She’s an authentic voice to help end the stigma surrounding mental healthcare. She’s been covered by Forbes, Marie Claire, People, NBC Sports, The Washington Post, Fox News, Associated Press and many more.
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