Michael "Mike" Hazle (born March 22, 1979 in Conroe, Texas) is a United States Olympian and National Champion (American javelin thrower.) Mike is also a former United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Combat Controller (CCT). ([2] He is a four-time Silver Medalist at the U.S. outdoor championships (2007–2010), before he claimed his first ever National Championship in 2011. He also won a silver medal for his category at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[1]

Mike Hazle
Personal information
Full nameMichael Gannon Hazle
Nationality United States
Born (1979-03-22) 22 March 1979 (age 40)
Conroe, Texas
ResidenceChula Vista, California[1]
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight91 kg (201 lb)
Event(s)Javelin throw
Coached byTy Sevin[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Outdoor: 83.74 m (2008)


Hazle, a native of Conroe, Texas, started out his sporting career as a football and baseball enthusiast at Temple High School. He attended Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where he played both football and baseball for three years, before ending his career with a knee injury. He was convinced by his long-time friend and mentor Don Hood to try out for track and field. Hazle initially trained and competed for the decathlon, but he decided to narrow his focus to the javelin throw, which was considered his best event. He qualified for the 2002 NCAA and U.S. outdoor championships, where he achieved his personal bests of 67.56 and 70.66 metres, respectively. Hazle also owned a bachelor's degree in exercise sports science (2001), and a master's degree in sports and business administration (2003) from Texas State University.[1][3]

Shortly after his graduation from the University, Hazle continued to compete at the U.S. national championships, but did not attain better than the fifth position in the javelin throw. In 2007, he reached his breakthrough season with a runner-up finish at the AT&T U.S. Outdoor Championships, posting a personal best throw of 75.06 metres.[4] Hazle also qualified for the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan, and eventually claimed a silver medal in men's javelin at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a seasonal best throw of 75.33 metres.[5]

In 2008, Hazle set a personal best of 82.21 metres by placing third at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix in Doha, Qatar.[6] He repeated his runner-up finish at the U.S. Outdoor National Championships, and also, at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, with a throw of 75.76 metres, earning him a spot on the United States team for the Olympics.[7][8]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Hazle competed as a member of the U.S. track and field team in the men's javelin throw, along with his teammates Breaux Greer and Leigh Smith. He performed a best throw of 72.75 metres from his second attempt, but fell short in his bid for the twelve-man final, as he placed twelfth in the qualifying rounds.[9]

Hazle continued his runner-up streak at the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships, until he claimed his first ever career title in 2011, with a best throw of 78.22 metres.[10] He was expected to compete for the second time at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, and at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, but forced to withdraw from the competitions because of career ending right elbow injury.[11]'

After retiring from professional athletics, Mike opted to commission in the United States Military as a US Navy SEAL. In 2012, Mike was awarded a Navy SEAL Officer billet for BUD/s for fiscal year 2013 but soon lost the billet after the United States budget sequestration in 2013. Mike opted to enlist as a US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Combat Controller. United States Air Force Combat Control Teams, singular Combat Controller (CCT) (AFSC 1C2X1), are American special operations forces (specifically known as "special tactics operators") who specialize in all aspects of air-ground communication, including air traffic control, fire support (including fixed and rotary wing close air support), and command, control, and communications in covert, forward, or austere environments.[12][13]

Assigned to Special Tactics Squadrons and Special Tactics Teams along with Pararescuemen, Special Operations Weather Technicians, and Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) operators, Combat Controllers are an integral part of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), the Air Force component of United States Special Operations Command(USSOCOM), and of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Trained in underwater and maritime operations, freefall parachuting, and many other deployment methods, Combat Controllers are often assigned individually or as a team to Army Special Forces, Army Ranger, Navy SEAL, and Delta Force teams to provide expert airfield seizure, airstrike control, and communications capabilities.[14]

Combat Controllers are FAA-certified air traffic controllers and maintain proficiency throughout their career.[15] Along with TACPs, many Combat Controllers also qualify and maintain proficiency as joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) where they call in and direct air strikes, close air support and fire support.[16] Out of the seven Air Force Crosses awarded since the Global War on Terror started in 2001, five have been awarded to Combat Controllers for extraordinary heroism in combat.

Mike retired from the military in 2019.

Major competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the   United States
2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China 25 Javelin throw 72.75 m
2009 IAAF World Championships Berlin, Germany 17 Javelin throw 78.17 m
2010 IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup Split, Croatia 8 Javelin throw 73.18 m
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.

Seasonal bests by yearEdit

  • 2003 - 69.25
  • 2005 - 79.15
  • 2006 - 77.09
  • 2007 - 81.99
  • 2008 - 83.74
  • 2009 - 82.06
  • 2010 - 80.05
  • 2011 - 81.09
  • 2012 - 76.16


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  7. ^ Staff (8 July 2008). "Ex-Bobcat Hazle qualifies for Olympics". San Marcos Record. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Team USA throwers set for big tosses in Beijing". Team USA. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Men's Javelin Throw Qualifying Rounds". NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  10. ^ Lee, Kirby (25 June 2011). "Dix and Jeter claim 100m titles, Gay withdraws injured – USA Champs, Day 2". IAAF. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  11. ^ "American record and three gold medals highlight historic night". USA Track & Field. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Combat Control Fact Sheet". Air Force Special Operations Command. United States Air Force. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)[verification needed]
  13. ^ "Combat Control career description". Archived from the original on 2014-04-05. Retrieved 12 January 2013.[verification needed]
  14. ^ "Combat Controllers Overview". SOFREP. Archived from the original on 2014-02-13. Retrieved 2013-05-11.[verification needed]
  15. ^ "Combat Control Fact Sheet". Air Force Special Operations Command. United States Air Force. Archived from the original on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 13 January 2013.[verification needed]
  16. ^ Donna Miles (23 April 2004). "Combat Controllers Play Key Role in Terror War". American Forces Press Service. Archived from the original on 2014-01-15. Retrieved 12 January 2013.[verification needed]

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