Tuesday, June 24, 2008

9 DAYS TO GO!!!!!

Hey everybody!! Its been awhile since I've been able to make an update, so let me fill you in on what's been going on. Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, OR was a great meet! We had competitors from Russia, Croatia, and Germany. These ladies gave me a small glimps of what the Olympic competition is going to feel like. Betty Heidler from Germany came away with the win and the 3rd longest throw in the world this year. Ivana Brkljacic(try to pronounce that one) from Croatia placed 2nd and I was third. We had a lot of fun and really got to push each other.

My next meet was at the West Point Military Academy in New York. This meet was a nice tune up leading to the Trials. The past couple weeks had produced some awsome practices so I was really looking forward to seeing some monster throws. Well lets just say, I should have looked at the details of my trip a bit more closely. According to Mapquest the drive from Laguardia Airport to West Point should have taken me about an hour and a half. What I didn't notice is that most of the trip is by 2 lane highway across a mountain. So the drive that should have taken an hour and a half took about three hours after you account for traffic. I had just enough time to get to the competition site, weigh in my hammer, and do my warm-up. Longer story short, I had a couple of wild throws out of sector and finally straightened things out to throw 69.66m. Bethany Heart came away with the win at 69.80m. Krystal Yush placed third at about 65 meters and change.

As of today we only have 9 days until the qualifying round of the hammer at the Olympic Trials. I almost can't believe its already here. It doesn't seem like 4 years have gone by since the last time I've gotten to experience this kind of excitement. I'm so thankful for all the support that I have from my family and friends. I love you all, and we'll keep it going from here!

2 comments:

Michael said...

Amber,
Wish you the best at the Big O trials.
Watch out Beth Hart is ready to go 72 meters.
The HART Foundation.

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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.

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