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Learn hammer throwing with Gwen Berry

Part of the Olympian and Paralympian collection
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Olympic experience hosted by Gwen

60 mins
Up to 6 people
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

“We are proud to support Gwen on her road to Tokyo 2020 - like many other voices fighting for social justice, she isn’t just ahead of her time. She is on the right side of history - which is timeless.”
- Simone H., co-lead of black@, an internal engagement group at Airbnb that provides a safe meeting space for Black employees and allies to discuss racial and ethnic diversity in recruitment, retention and community efforts at Airbnb.

First I'll introduce myself and give a bit of history on the hammer throw, letting you know why I do the event and why it is important to me. Next up is explaining what the hammer is and covering any questions about it, then we'll move onto trying it out for yourselves, making a homemade hammer with household items. I'll walk you through my warm-up and morning activation routine so that you can experience what athletes do before training everyday.

After warm-ups and stretches, I'll teach you the basics of hammer throwing, from standing drills to foot drills and winding drills! Don't even know what that means? That's what I'm here for. I'll demonstrate drills with the homemade implement and have you use their homemade hammers to try along with me, then I'll show viewers what a "real" hammer throw looks like! Last up is time for any questions, about anything—the hammer throw, my life, my Olympic journey, or my activism.
“We are proud to support Gwen on her road to Tokyo 2020 - like many other voices fighting for social justice, she isn’t just ahead of her time. She is on the right side of history - which is timeless.”
- Simone H., co-lead of black@, an internal engagement group at Airbnb that provides a safe meeting space for Black employees and allies to discuss racial and ethnic diversity in recruitment, retention and community efforts at Airbnb…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Gwen can host private groups of any size, up to 6 guests. Private group rates start at $400.

What to bring

  • yoga mat or towel
  • tennis shoes and shoe string for makeshift hammer, if a small space, or broom if you have a bigger area!
From $20
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Gwen

Olympian · Representing USA · Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 5 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Greetings! I'm Gwen Berry.
I've been a hammer thrower for 12 years after converting from the triple jump. I'm a Rio 2016 Olympian and 2019 Pan American Games gold medalist.

My most recognizable moment was my courageous, peaceful protest at the 2019 Pan American Games where I won the gold medal. I beat the field by 3 meters and made a meaningful salute for social injustice and economic change. I encouraged an entire country, replicating the peaceful protest of former Olympic medallists John Carlos and Tommie Smith.

Everyone is welcome to join my experience. It is kid and family friendly! Let's have a great time!

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Greetings! I'm Gwen Berry.
I've been a hammer thrower for 12 years after converting from the triple jump. I'm a Rio 2016 Olympian and 2019 Pan American Games gold medalist.

My most recognizable moment was my courageous, peaceful protest at the 2019 Pan American Games where I won the gold medal. I beat the field by 3 meters and made a meaningful salute for social injustice and economic change. I encouraged an entire country, replicating the peaceful protest of former Olympic meda…
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Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 5 reviews.

Brittany
July 2020
I took this as part of the experiences beta tester program. Gwen is a powerful person and has great stories and insights to share. I went into this knowing nothing about the hammer and had a great time learning more about her sport and her advocacy.
I took this as part of the experiences beta tester program. Gwen is a powerful person and has great stories and insights to share. I went into this knowing nothing about the hammer…
Kate
July 2020
Brilliant experience -- Gwen is so personable, funny and friendly; but also thoughtful, conscientious and motivating. I loved joining her on her warm up, learning the techniques of hammer throwing, marvelling at her skill and hearing about how she uses her platform to amplify the cause of those less fortunate. Would highly recommend this experience; as an athlete and an activist, Gwen is an inspiration.
Brilliant experience -- Gwen is so personable, funny and friendly; but also thoughtful, conscientious and motivating. I loved joining her on her warm up, learning the techniques of…
Pablo
July 2020
Great to spend time with Gwen and learn more about her personal story as an athlete and someone who is speaking up on issues that she cares about. Her journey to the now is inspiring and motivational. Incredible human being.
Alex
October 2020
Super helpful and awesome to talk to!
Theresa
October 2020
Inspiring and super interesting. I definitely learnt new tips and fully recommend this to hammer throwers!

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.