Pac-10 Q&A with Ryan Whiting, Arizona State Track and Field

Jan. 8, 2009


Ryan Whiting

Returning ASU All-American Ryan Whiting earned the national honor in the shot put at both the 2008 indoor and outdoor NCAA meets. He bested the school record in the indoor shot put with a throw of 20.01m (65-07.75). His outdoor toss of 20.35m (66-09.25) is second all-time on the outdoor shot put list. Whiting also stands fifth in the discus at 57.48m (188-07). Courtesy of


On my iPod... I actually just got my first iPod for Christmas. Here it is two weeks later and I still don’t have any music on it. I’ll probably load it with some country music. I’m into that genre these days.
What I’m reading... Since we just had a few weeks off from classes, I read about 10 books over break. I normally don’t get a chance to read much during the academic year, but when I have some down-time I really enjoy sitting for awhile with a good book. Some titles I got through during break included Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card), The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins), books 1 and 2 of the Twilight series (Stephenie Meyer; the books trump the movie), and The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons (Dan Brown). Ender
Favorite class taken at ASU... Structural Analysis and Design. I connected really well with the professor, and two bridge design assignments piqued my interest in the concentration. As a result of the class I decided to become a structural engineering major. I hope to focus on building design in the professional application of the major. When our team visited the White House a couple months ago, I got the opportunity to speak with a structural engineer who attended our press conference. And during this most recent academic break I interviewed with Gannett Fleming, Inc. for a summer internship in its Phoenix office. The company is an international engineering construction firm, specializing in engineering design, planning, and construction management.
If I could make the cover of any magazine, it would be... Forbes. My dad was once featured in that magazine as a chief executive for RiteAid. It would be neat to follow in his footsteps. Regardless, I would definitely want to make a magazine cover for non-athletic accolades. I think there’s more merit that way. Forbes Magazine cover
If I could cook dinner for one famous person, dead or alive, it would be... Warren Buffett. I am halfway through reading his biography right now. He seems like an extremely interesting person with whom to visit. Since he’s from Omaha, I would most likely prepare some sort of beef for him. I’d add traditional fixings for the side dishes such as potatoes and veggies. And the beverage of choice would be beer, probably a darker microbrew. I actually just received a personal brew kit; the first batch is currently fermenting, but depending on how it turns out I might serve my own brew!
Attribute I most like about myself... My confidence. I’ve always been a confident guy. For as long as I can remember, my parents always told me that anything is possible and there are no limits on what I can achieve. Their words rubbed off on me, and I continue to fully believe in them.
Favorite value in others... Thoughtfulness and caring. My mom is the perfect example of someone with these attributes. It’s being able to pick up on something about someone without being asked or told.
Teammate I would like to trade places with for a day... Definitely not a distance runner. I guess I’d choose [fellow ASU thrower and women's NCAA indoor shot put champion] Sarah Stevens. She’s extremely grounded yet a leader in every aspect of her life. Sarah is heavily involved in extracurriculars, enrolled in a master’s program, and in a distance relationship. Trading places with her is appealing because her day-to-day interests are completely different from mine. But at least I would still get to throw. No running sign
Best community outreach experience... Our team was involved in an afternoon activity called KidBall. The intention was to raise awareness for obesity, but many of the kids were also underprivileged. We played with them all day, participated in lots of games, etc. It was cool to see everyone having so much fun.
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