GOWDA Vikas < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA India   
Gender Men
Born 05 Jul 1983 in Mysore, IND
Height2.06 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence United States
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, Hindi
Higher education Mathematics - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: United States
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? "I was introduced to sports by my father. He was a decathlete and national coach in India. I would go to practice with him when I was a kid and that's how I started."
General Interest
Nicknames Indian Hulk (kreedon.com, 27 May 2017)
Most influential person in career His father. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 08 Sep 2011)
Injuries His training was disrupted by a shoulder injury ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but he went on to compete at the event. (scroll.in, 06 Jul 2017)

He injured his shoulder lifting weights during a training session in 2014, but recovered in time to compete at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (thehindu.com, 01 Oct 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "If you don't get it the first time, you go back to it again and again until you do." (sportskeeda.com, 06 Feb 2016)
Awards and honours In 2017 he received the Padma Shri Award from the Government of India. (indianathletics.in, 25 Jan 2017)

In 2011 he was presented with the Arjuna Award from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India. (sports.ndtv.com, 29 Aug 2011)
Famous relatives His father Shive coached the India athletics team at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. (sportskeeda.com, 06 Feb 2016)
Ambitions To compete at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. (newindianexpress.com, 07 Jul 2017)
Other information NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first Indian male to compete in a discus final at the world championships, when he placed seventh at the 2011 edition in Daegu, Republic of Korea. He is also the first Indian male to win a medal in discus at the Commonwealth Games, following his silver medal at the 2010 Games in Delhi, India, and the first Indian male to win a gold medal in discus at the Commonwealth Games, following his victory at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Facebook page, 15 Nov 2013; SportsDeskOnline, 18 May 2018)

INDIA TO UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
He was born in Mysore, India, but grew up in Frederick, MD, United States of America, after moving with his family at age five. Despite growing up in the United States of America his parents never applied to get him US citizenship and he went on to represent the country of his birth. (sportskeeda.com, 06 Feb 2016; Facebook page, 15 Nov 2013; timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 22 Jun 2002)