Todd Riech, a Hot Springs native and former Olympian, will be headlining a javelin camp in Polson later this month.
Riech has annually held camps around the nation, but this will be the first one in Montana.
“It’s been too long. I can’t get up (to Montana) enough,” said Riech, who co-owns ProSport Performance, a sports performance and personal training company, in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. “I love to fish and I used to love to hunt, but I haven’t hunted for years. I do a lot of fishing. … I try to make it up once a year, at least, or more.”
While at Hot Springs, Riech won 11 individual Montana high school state championships, including two javelin titles. As a junior in 1988, Riech was Hot Springs’ only entrant at the state meet and scored 24 points to claim the Class C team title. He won five events – the 100-, 200- and 400-meter runs in addition to the 300-meter hurdles and javelin – as a senior, leading Hot Springs to another state title.
He was recruited to Fresno State as a decathlete, but an injury forced him to focus on the javelin. Riech won an NCAA championship in 1994, before competing internationally.
Riech placed third at the 1995 Pan American games and was the 1996 Olympic Trials champion to qualify for the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. He placed third at the 2000 Olympic Trials to again qualify for the Olympic Games, this time in Sydney, Australia.
Brittany Borman, a member of the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Teams, will also headline the javelin camp. Borman, formerly of Festus, Missouri, was a four-time NCAA champion while competing at UCLA and the University of Oklahoma.
Riech and Borman both currently reside in Orange County, California.
The javelin camp will take place July 21, 22 and 23, and is limited to 20 athletes. There will be three five-hour sessions at Polson High School, which will include individual training, group training and javelin-specific training. The camp costs $100 per session, and more information can be found at www.javelincamps.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“These kids, when they come to these camps, they’re ready, they’re eager, they’ve got the javelin in their hand, you have so much work to teach them. Five hours goes by like that,” Riech said.