Augie Wolf
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the United States United States
U.S. Indoor National Championship
Gold medal – first place 1984 New York Shot put
Silver medal – second place 1989 New York Shot put
U.S. Outdoor National Championship
Gold medal – first place 1984 Shot put

August Louis "Augie" Wolf (born September 3, 1961) is an American former field athlete known for throwing the shot put. He is a graduate of Princeton University. He is a former United States indoor shot put national champion, United States outdoor shot put national champion, and an Olympian. A member of the Republican Party, he sought the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate for Connecticut in 2016 against Democratic incumbent Richard Blumenthal. He was defeated at the state Republican convention by state representative from Bethel, Dan Carter.[1]


Wolf studied and trained at Princeton University from 1979 to 1983, becoming the record-holder in the Ivy League with a throw of 67-2. After training in Leverkusen, Germany, with TSV Bayer 04 he placed 2nd in the 1984 Olympic Trials, earning a spot on the American team at the 1984 Summer Olympics, placing fourth in the shot put competition.[2] Wolf won the Indoor National title at the February 1984 USA-Mobil Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Madison Square Garden with a throw of 69 feet 0.75 inches (21.05 m).[3] He was the 1984 United States National champion.[4] Wolf placed fifth at the 1983 World University Games in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[5] Wolf's career personal bests were 21.73 metres (71 ft 3.5 in) in the shot put and 63.73 metres (209 ft 1.1 in) in the discus throw.[5]

During his athletic career, Wolf was involved in one drug testing violation. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) initially banned Wolf for life after ruling he had refused post-match testing on July 7, 1985, in Byrkjelo, Norway.[6] Supported by the USA Track & Field Federation, he appealed citing errors in the testing notification. The ban was reduced to an eighteen-month suspension and he returned to competition in 1987.[7][8]


Wolf was raised in St. Paul, Minnesota,[9] and is a 1983 graduate of Princeton University.[10] He works for Lebenthal Wealth Advisors[citation needed] and is on the Board of Holborn.

He has four children.[11] One son, A.J., born 1994, redshirted as a college football sophomore defensive tackle for the 2014 Duke Blue Devils.[12] A.J. was a four-time New York State NYSAIS Champion in the shot put and discus, and a Junior National shot put champion.[11] He was also a four-year letterman and two-time New York State Sportswriters Association (NYSSWA) All-State selection in football.[13] Son Alexander was 2014 Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year in the State of Connecticut and will attended and play for Dartmouth College in 2014. [14] Son Andrew will attend University of Connecticut in 2014. Daughter Abbie will be a junior at Greenwich High School.[citation needed]h

Wolf founded and leads US Athletic Trust, a sport NGO providing support and advocacy for American Olympic athletes,[15] and was named Trustee of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation in 2014.[10] After the series of U.S. Olympic scandals in 2018,[16][17] he also cofounded Olympians Rising, a non-profit group of Olympians and friends supporting urgent reform to the U.S. Olympic Committee and rebuilding the U.S. Olympic program from the ground up.[18][19] He is also on the Board of the Friends of Princeton Track.[citation needed]


Main article: 2016 United States Senate election in Connecticut

Wolf sought to be the 2016 Republican candidate for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat, currently held by Democrat Richard Blumenthal. He was defeated by state representative Dan Carter at the state Republican convention on May 9, securing less than the 15% of delegates required for an automatic primary.[20] On May 11, Wolf announced that he would attempt to force a primary by collecting the signatures of 8,079 registered Republicans by June 7.[21]

On October 19, 2015, billionaire, industrialist David Koch held a fundraiser for three Senators and August Wolf in his campaign for United States Senate against Blumenthal.[22]

On June 1, 2016, The Hartford Courant reported that a former campaign staffer Samantha Menh filed a suit against the Campaign, August Wolf, and Campaign manager Baylor Myers, alleging breach of contract. The lawsuit also claimed Wolf violated federal and Connecticut campaign laws, and cited several unsubstantiated claims of untoward behavior.[23] It was said by the attorney representing Baylor Myers that "we will present evidence that Ms. Menh had planned to quit her job with that previous employer and bring a false claim of sexual harassment to leverage a settlement. The allegations made in this lawsuit are false and we can prove it.” [24] On October 19, 2022, six and a half years after Ms. Menh had filed her original complaint, Ms. Menh voluntarily withdrew her complaint against Wolf, without any financial settlement. A jury trial had been scheduled on commence on November 1, 2022, less than two weeks later. [25]

2016 Connecticut Republican State Convention

Candidate Delegates Percentage
Dan Carter 907 76.7%
August Wolf 123 10.4%
Jack Orchulli 20 1.7%
Not Present 132 11.2%

After gaining the support of over 17% of the delegates in the first round of voting (over the 15% hurdle for ballot access), Wolf's supporters were then aggressively lobbied by Super Delegates, and about 50 switched to Carter before the final tally. Upon failing to secure 15% of the delegates at the State Republican Convention, Wolf decided to petition onto the primary ballot.[26]

He failed to gather the required signatures of 2% of registered Republican voters, 8,079, and the state Secretary of State verified just 5,280 signatures on June 21, 2016. August Wolf failed to force a primary with party endorsed candidate Dan Carter.[27] He then suspended his campaign.[28]

See also


  1. ^ "Dan Carter wins Connecticut's Republican Senate nomination". WTNH. May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  2. ^ Longman, Jere (April 28, 2011). "Diverse Interests, One Goal". The New York Times. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  3. ^ Rosenthal, Bert (February 25, 1984). "Unenthused Lewis Win Indoor Long Jump Titles". The Press-Courier. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  4. ^ "USA Outdoor Track & Field Champions: Men's Shot Put". USA Track & Field. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Augie Wolf". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "Nehemiah, Gault May Be Eligible". Herald-Journal. February 23, 1986. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  7. ^ Litsky, Frank (October 15, 1985). "Shot-putter Banned for Refusing Test". The New York Times. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  8. ^ Moore, Kenny (July 25, 1988). "The Old Men and the Discus". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Litsky, Frank (June 5, 1981). "Wolf of Princeton Has Large Talents". The New York Times. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Officers & Advisors". U.S. Athletic Trust. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "A.J. Wolf Bio". Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  12. ^ "Team: Duke: Year: 2012 Thru 01/12/13: Player: A.J. Wolf". National Collegiate Athletic Association. January 12, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  13. ^ "#93 A.J. Wolf". Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  14. ^ "Connecticut Boys Basketball POY: Alex Wolf". USA Today. Archived from the original on July 20, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  15. ^ Johanson, Mark (August 2, 2016). "Many Olympians struggle just to make ends meet". BBC.
  16. ^ Wolf, August and Harrison, Kayla (April 5, 2018). "Larry Nassar wasn't the only abuser in Olympic sports". The Washington Post.((cite news)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  17. ^ Wolf, August (April 2, 2018). "U.S. Olympic Committee has run off the rails. Time to refocus on putting athletes first". USA Today.
  18. ^ "Our Team". Olympians Rising. Archived from the original on May 8, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  19. ^ Radnofsky, Louise (March 17, 2018). "Olympians Call for Overhaul of U.S. Olympic Committee, Chairman's Ouster". The Wall Street Journal.
  20. ^ "State Rep Dan Carter Wins GOP Nomination for State Senate Run". The Patch. May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  21. ^ Altimari, Daniela (May 11, 2016). "Rejected by GOP, An Angry August Wolf Seeks Primary". Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  22. ^ Radelat, Ana (October 19, 2015). "Koch brother hosting fundraiser for Blumenthal rival". The Connecticut Mirror. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  23. ^ Blair, Russell (June 1, 2016). "August Wolf Accused Of Sexual Harassment In Lawsuit By Ex-Staffer". Hartford Courant. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  24. ^ "Sexual harassment lawsuit filed against GOP Senate candidate". June 2, 2016.
  25. ^ "Civil Inquiry". Archived from the original on November 21, 2022. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
  26. ^ Pazniokas, Mark (May 11, 2016). "Wolf to petition for Senate primary, calls GOP convention 'rigged'". The Connecticut Mirror. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  27. ^ Pazniokas, Mark (June 21, 2016). "With parting shot at 'insiders,' August Wolf folds his campaign". The Connecticut Mirror. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  28. ^ Menti, Gregory (June 21, 2016). "News Alert: August Wolf suspends senate campaign". The Weston Forum. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.