Arnold Sports Festival 2022: Janine Tessarzik Highland Games

Janine Tessarzik, Weight for distance, Highland Games at the Arnold Sports Festival 2022, @janinethrows, @highlandgames, @scottishhighlandgames, @scottishhighlandgames2022, @indoorhighlandgames
Janine Tessarzik, Weight for distance, Highland Games at the Arnold Sports Festival 2022
Janine Tessarzik, Weight for distance, Highland Games at the Arnold Sports Festival 2022, @janinethrows, @highlandgames, @scottishhighlandgames, @scottishhighlandgames2022, @indoorhighlandgames
Janine Tessarzik, Weight for distance, Highland Games at the Arnold Sports Festival 2022

How did you get involved in the Highland Games?

I was a Highland dancer for 8 years. The Highland Games encompasses bagpipe, drum, and dance competitions. What we do is part of the heavy athletic, but people commonly call it the Highland Games. I got into throwing shot put and discus from eighth grade, college and beyond. I coached for a few years and did some Masters track stuff. In 2017, I decided to sign up for my first Highland Games. The rest is history.

Janine Tessarzik, Weight over bar, Highland Games at the Arnold Sports Festival 2022, @janinethrows, @highlandgames, @scottishhighlandgames, @scottishhighlandgames2022, @indoorhighlandgames
Janine Tessarzik, Weight over bar, Highland Games at the Arnold Sports Festival 2022
Janine Tessarzik, Weight over bar, Highland Games at the Arnold Sports Festival 2022, @janinethrows, @highlandgames, @scottishhighlandgames, @scottishhighlandgames2022, @indoorhighlandgames
Weight over bar, Highland Games at the Arnold Sports Festival 2022

What is your favorite event?

My favorite event is the weight over bar.

Janine Tessarzik, Caber toss, Highland Games at the Arnold Sports Festival 2022, @janinethrows, @highlandgames, @scottishhighlandgames, @scottishhighlandgames2022, @indoorhighlandgames
Janine Tessarzik, Caber toss, Highland Games at the Arnold Sports Festival 2022,

What is your favorite part of the sport?

I love hanging out with my friends. I travel a lot for the games. I get to see different parts of the country. Seeing the Highland Games family in different parts of the country is pretty cool.

Janine Tessarzik, 2nd place, Highland Games at the Arnold Sports Festival 2022, @janinethrows, @highlandgames, @scottishhighlandgames, @scottishhighlandgames2022, @indoorhighlandgames
Janine Tessarzik, 2nd place, Highland Games at the Arnold Sports Festival 2022

Is there anything that I didn’t ask you that you think I should have asked you? If so, go ahead and answer that question.

I love the cool awards that we get. I have won swords, daggers, axes, and money. The prizes are pretty darn cool.

Sidebar: I was drawn to Janine after observing her energy displayed between events.