Kara Estelle Winger (née Patterson; born April 10, 1986) is an American track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. She is the American record holder in the javelin throw with a distance of 66.67 m (218 ft 8 3⁄4 in).
Kara Patterson in 2010
|Birth name||Kara Estelle Patterson|
|Born||April 10, 1986|
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||NR 66.67 m (2010)|
At the 2004 United States Olympic Trials (track and field), Patterson finished 19th with a distance of 42.60 m (139 ft 9 in).
In 2005, she won a silver medal at the 2005 Pan Am Junior Games with a distance of 50.26 m (164 ft 10 1⁄2 in).
Kara Patterson met her husband Russell Winger when he earned Shot Put silver medal at 2006 NACAC U23 Championships in Athletics at placed 7th in the javelin. Kara tells this story after placing 2nd the 2019 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Javelin to champion Ariana Ince.
At the 2008 Olympic Trials, Kara Patterson won with a distance of 53.93 m. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Patterson didn't make it past the qualifying round and finished 41st overall with a distance of 54.39 m.
At the 2009 World Trials, Kara Patterson won with a distance of 63.95 m. At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, Patterson didn't make it past the qualifying round and finished 29th overall with a distance of 52.71 m.
At the 2010 US Track and Field Championships, Kara Patterson won with a distance of 63.95 m. On June 25, 2010, Patterson broke Kim Kreiner's American record of 64.19 m set in 2007 with a distance of 66.67 m.
At the 2011 World Trials, Kara Patterson won with a distance of 59.34 m. At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics – Women's javelin throw, Kara Patterson threw 57.14 meters 21st place in the prelims.
At the 2013 World Trials, Kara Patterson earned third place with a distance of 55.88 m.
At the 2014 US Track and Field Championships, Kara Patterson won with a distance of 62.43 m.
At the 2015 World Trials, Kara Winger won with a distance of 64.94 m. At the 2015 World Championships in Athletics – Women's javelin throw, Kara Winger threw 62.21 m in the prelims to qualify for the final and 60.88 meters in the final to place 8th.
Kara Winger was born in Seattle, Washington in 1986, the daughter of Bruce and Rona Patterson. She went to Alki Middle School and is a 2004 graduate of Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington. She attended Purdue University and graduated in 2009, majoring in nutrition, fitness and health. She lives with fellow athlete Russell Winger, whom she married in September 2014.
- USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
- Javelin: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
|2019 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships||2nd||59.73 m (195 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2018 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships||1st||62.88 m (206 ft 3 in)|
|2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships||1st||62.80 m (206 ft 0 in)|
|2016 United States Olympic Trials (track and field)||3rd||57.90m (189 ft 11 in)|
|2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships||1st||64.94 m (213 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships||1st||62.43 m (204 ft 9 3⁄4 in)|
|2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships||3rd||55.88 m (183 ft 4 in)|
|2012 United States Olympic Trials (track and field)||2nd||59.79 m (196 ft 1 3⁄4 in)|
|2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships||1st||59.34 m (194 ft 8 in)|
|2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships||1st||66.67 m (218 ft 8 3⁄4 in) NR|
|2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships||1st||63.95 m (209 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|2008 United States Olympic Trials (track and field)||1st||61.51 m (201 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Javelin throw (outdoor)||66.67 AR, NR||Des Moines, Iowa, United States||June 25, 2010|
Key: AR = Area record, NR = National record
- 2006 NACAC U-23 Track & Field Championships July 7-9, 2006 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic NACAC results archive
- Kara Winger 2nd Place Women's Javelin Throw - Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships 2019 RunnerSpace. DyeStat. July 25, 2019
- "Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Women's Javelin Throw Qualifying Round". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
- Parker Morse (2010-06-26). "Patterson, Felix steal the show: USATF Nationals, Day 1 & 2". IAAF. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
- David Leon Moore (2010-06-26). "Kara Patterson sets American javelin record at U.S. championships". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
- Binder, Doug (2010-08-11). "Record holder Kara Patterson takes aim at another Diamond League meet in women's javelin". Trackfocus. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- Official website
- Kara Patterson at USA Track & Field
- Kara Winger at World Athletics
- Kara Patterson at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (archived 2013-10-11)
- Kara Patterson at the International Olympic Committee (2008/2012)
- Kara Winger at the International Olympic Committee (2016)
- Kara Patterson at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (2008/2012)
- Kara Patterson-Winger at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (2008/2012/2016)
- Kara Patterson at Purdue University
- Kara Patterson at ASICS America