Valarie Allman and Coach Zebulon Sion Already Back At Work And Motivated For Gold In Paris

The CITIUS MAG Podcast

August 30, 2023

Chris Chavez and Kyle Merber were joined by Olympic discus champion, '22 World Championship bronze medalist and '23 World Championship silver medalist Valarie Allman + coach Zebulon Sion in Budapest. Allman was favored to win the meet as the American record-holder and world leader but ended up taking silver with a 69.23m. Her Team USA teammate Laulauga Tausaga-Collins ended up winning and made history as the first American woman to win the gold medal in the discus at the World Championships.

Just a day after the competition, Allman was already back at work and in practice. She sat down for this interview two days after processing the outcome and now turns her attention to defending her title at the Olympic Games in Paris next year.

Bonus: How far could Kyle and Chris throw after a year of training alongside Val in Austin? We find out.

We also produced a video on Allman's preparation for the World Championships here.

Hosts: Chris Chavez and Kyle Merber

Guest: Valarie Allman and Coach Zebulon Sion

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CITIUS MAG LIVE AT WORLDS: The show will air on the CITIUS MAG YouTube Channel between the morning and evening sessions of competition (Every day at 8 a.m. EST in the U.S.).

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Chris Chavez

Chris Chavez launched CITIUS MAG in 2016 as a passion project while working full-time for Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and grew his humble blog into a multi-pronged media company. He completed all six World Marathon Majors and is an aspiring sub-five-minute miler.

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