Otterdahl Punches His Ticket to the Olympics...Again


Former North Dakota State NCAA champion thrower and 2014 Rosemount graduate, Payton Otterdahl is headed back to the Olympic Games, qualifying as a member of Team USA in the shot put for the second time in his career.

Otterdahl placed third in the shot put at the U.S. Olympic Trials for track & field on Saturday night, securing his spot at the 2024 Paris Games. He registered a throw of 73-00.50 (22.26m) on the fifth of six attempts.

2024 U.S. Olympic Trials Men's Shot Put Results

1Ryan Crouser74' 11.25"
2Joe Kovacs73' 7.25"
3Payton Otterdahl73' 0.25"
4Jordan Geist71' 6"
5Josh Awotunde71' 5.25"
6Roger Steen70' 7"
7Tripp Piperi69' 0.75"
8Tarik O'Hagan68' 10"
9T'Mond Johnson67' 6.25"
10Patrick Larrison65' 0.75"
11Jordan West64' 8"
12Nikolas Curtiss63' 10.5"

The top three finishers in each event at the trials advance to the Olympic Games, if they have met the Olympic qualifying standard - which is no issue in the men's shot put, and is considered one of the toughest events to qualify for Team USA. Otterdahl is ranked fourth in the world this year, but third among American men.

The shot put is scheduled to be contested on Aug. 2-3 in Paris.

Otterdahl was already one of seven former NDSU athletes to compete in the Summer Olympic Games, but he becomes the first Bison to qualify for two different Olympics. With Amanda Smock (2012, London, triple jump) and Erin Teschuk (2016, Rio, 3000m steeplechase), the NDSU track & field program has now qualified an athlete to four consecutive Summer Olympics.

Otterdahl finished 10th in the shot put at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021 before placing fifth at the World Championships in 2023. He competed for NDSU from 2015-19, setting the collegiate indoor shot put record and winning NCAA indoor titles in the shot put and weight throw in 2019.

At Rosemount, Otterdahl qualified for the state meet in both his junior and senior years, achieving remarkable success by clinching the Class AA state titles for the shot put and discus in his senior year. His high school achievements still rank him favorably in Minnesota, with him ranking 30th all-time in the shot put and 51st all-time in the discus.