A former FSU All-American himself, Scott threw for Jamaica in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, in which he became the first Jamaican to reach the Olympic shot put finals.
A few weeks later, Scott returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach. And the very first athlete he signed was a promising, young thrower from his home country.
“She’s my first athlete I ever recruited to Florida State, so I was able to do the whole journey with her,” Scott said. “… I feel like she’s about to be the next superstar thrower out of Jamaica.”
In the weeks between NCAA nationals and her departure for Rio, Knibb opted to train at Florida State, noting that “it may not be Jamaica home, but it’s track home.”
Unsurprisingly, she didn’t change much from the routine that served her so well over the past season at FSU. Scott believes that a personal-best throw could be enough to clinch a spot for Knibb in the finals.
First, though, Knibb said she’s focused on advancing through each stage – first to the semifinal and then, hopefully, beyond.
Knibb credits both Scott and her experience at Florida State with equipping her to make a run to Rio.
“It’s where I’ve learned all that I needed to learn,” she said, “and grow as I needed to grow.”
And when she comes back this fall, it’s where she’ll see her picture on that wall.