Saturday, May 24, 2008

Training Update!

These last two weeks have been some of the best and most productive training days I've ever had. I've seen my practice throws increasing in distance to equal my competition lifetime bests. That's exciting for me because I've always thrown farther in meets than I have in practice. I'm looking for my upcoming meets to be the most successful so far. My next competitions will be the Reebok Grand Prix May 31st in NYC followed by the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, OR. Until next time, Peace and Blessings!!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Oregon Twilight

Last weekend I competed in the Oregon Twilight in Eugene, OR. I was excited to compete at Hayward Field because this is the same field where the Olympic Trials will be held in July. The weather was predicted to be cold and windy, but the conditions stayed fairly nice. The ring itself is brand new this season, and is super fast! At the trials, this will be a good thing and will produce far throws. For this particular it took some getting used to. My first throw was a left sector foul. Round two I was focused on getting a safe mark and threw 66.49m. Third throw I really cranked on the hammer and had another foul. So going into the final I was in fifth place (bummer)! Well, I had a little pep talk with myself and got it together for the next round and jumped into second with a throw of 67.23m. My next throw was a little too safe and was not a better throw at 67.16m. I knew my last throw had to be the one so I went for it and it was a monster throw, but sadly it too was a foul. The throw probably would have been a lifetime best, but it doesn't count if you don't keep it in. Unfortunately, Bethany Heart passed me on her last throw to move back into second so I ended the day in third place. My next meet will be May 31st at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York, New York.

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Throwing formats
In Olympic throwing events -- men's and women's shot put, discus, hammer and javelin -- the competition begins with a qualifying round in which the entire field is divided into two or more groups. In this round, competitors take turns attempting to reach a pre-set distance that automatically advances them to the final. If fewer than 12 athletes meet the distance required from direct qualification, the 12 competitors with the best throws, plus any athletes tying for 12th, advance to the final. In the final round, competitors take turns until each has attempted three throws. At this point, the top eight-ranked competitors (plus ties) receive three more throws. The best throw of the six is counted and the athlete with the longest throw is declared the winner. In case of a tie, the second-best throw is consulted.

Amber In her MJOLNIR Armor

Amber In her MJOLNIR Armor
Amber takes Gold at the Indoor Nationals

Olympic Trials 2008

Celebrating with the Campbell's

Indoor Championship 2009