Joe Kovacs and his mother, Joanna, as pictured in a church directory photo in 2006
Joe and Joanna celebrate his first shot-put throw over the 70-foot mark in Boston in 2014.
Joe competes in the Men's Shot Put during the IAAF Diamond League 2016 on May 14, 2016, in Shanghai, China.
Joe celebrates after winning gold in the Men's Shot Put in the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Beijing National Stadium on August 23, 2015.
Joe displays his gold medal at the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships.
Joe and Joanna near the beach at Chula Vista, California, where Joe trained for the Olympic Trials
Joe poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot at Quixote Studios in Los Angeles, California.
Joe qualified for the 2016 Olympics, his first, by finishing second at the United States Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.