At a time that the world was seeking an escape from what had become our pandemic normal, it was time for the Olympics. This particular Olympics was more than just another Olympics. The 2020 Olympics represented a sense of normalcy. It was a curated set of athletic events combined that allowed us as people to remember what life was like before the pandemic. Now, in all fairness, this Olympics was nothing like the usual, not only because of the rules of Social Distancing and Mask Mandates, no; but because of athletes like Raven “Hulk” Saunders.
Raven “Hulk” Saunders represents athleticism in a way that was true to her core. She unapologetically remained true to her Raven-ism and allowed the world to experience her and all her glory. As such, I had to take a moment to get all up in her business. And when I say ALL UP IN, I mean ALL UP IN… From life before the Olympics to Life after a remarkable Win followed by a Tragedy beyond measure. Through it all, Raven is only asking for one thing. For us to Give her One-Shot! Tap in and Take a Listen.
American two-time Olympic shot put star and 2020 Tokyo Olympics Silver Medalist Raven Saunders was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, and grew up playing basketball
before taking up track and field after she “stopped growing.”
After her entré into the track and field world, Saunders rose rapidly through the ranks, winning the Pan American junior championship, the 2014 USA Track and Field junior outdoor championship, and the 2014 New Balance Indoor and Outdoor national championships. Saunders broke South Carolina’s shot put record by 11 feet and won the state discus championship by 42 feet. (NBCSports.com)
For her Collegiate career, Saunders attended Southern Illinois and then the University of Mississippi. Her college career highlights include being a four-time NCAA champion, three-time SEC champion, and seven-time All-American.
Team USA first recruited Saunders in 2016 for the Rio Olympics, where at age 21, she placed fifth in her event. In 2021, she returned to the Olympic arena for the 2020 Tokyo Games, winning the silver medal, becoming a national media darling for her daring and exciting sense of style and athletic performance and openness about mental health. Her honesty about the mental health challenges after the 2016 Olympic games became a top story alongside that of superstar gymnast Simone Biles.
In a whirlwind of newfound fame, Saunders has received feature stories in news outlets such as Forbes.com, Marie Claire, People.com, NBC Sports, The Washington Post, Fox News, Associated Press, and many more.
Saunders is also a Nike professional athlete, and through her agent, John Nubani is in talks for additional major endorsements.