Between the two of them, Bob and Jackie Cantwell of Eldon have nine children.

Son Christian, 31, is the youngest.

And the biggest.


Between the two of them, Bob and Jackie Cantwell of Eldon have nine children.
Son Christian, 31, is the youngest.
And the biggest.

“He’s our little baby,” Jackie Cantwell said. “But he wouldn’t agree with that. He’s 6-6 and weighs 300 and some pounds. They don’t call him little brother anymore.”

The eyes of his entire family – and the eyes of the Eldon community – will be on the Olympics, where Christian Cantwell, a 1999 graduate of Eldon High School and former Missouri All-American in the shot put, will compete in his second Olympic Games in London. He won a silver medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

“I think he’s going to get the gold, of course,” Jackie Cantwell said, speaking like the proud mother she is.

Bob and Jackie didn’t accompany their son to London.
“Only because I’m afraid to fly,” Jackie Cantwell said. “I can watch him from my recliner right here at home.”

Christian Cantwell’s wife, Teri – a former Olympic shot putter herself in the 2000 Games – and the couple’s 4-year-old son, Jackson, will join him this week at the Olympics. They left for London on Monday.

The city of Eldon will sponsor a watch party from 5-10 p.m. Friday at the Eldon Community Center, during which time Christian Cantwell is expected to compete. The public is invited to attend.
Regardless of whether or not Christian Cantwell earns a medal at the Olympics, it won’t change one bit how his parents feel about him.

“He wants to break the world record, and I believe he will do that. If he makes up his mind to do something, he usually does that very thing,” Jackie Cantwell said. “But even if he doesn’t medal at all, and I don’t believe that will happen, he would still have had an amazing career.”

“I’m just so proud of him that we have a son who gets to go to the Olympics,” Bob Cantwell said. “That means a whole bunch to his father. I know one thing, we’re sure proud of him here at this house.”