Friday, June 27, 2008

Amber Campbell's Olympic dream

By Rich ChrampanisPosted: Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 11:12 p.m.

In 2004, Amber Campbell closed out a stellar collegiate career at Coastal Carolina and set her sights on making the US Olympic team in 2004 in the hammer throw. Her bronze medal effort fell a mere six inches short of qualifying for a shot at the Olympics. Campbell has spent the last four years working towards achieving her dream of making the Olympics. Campbell currently owns two national indoor titles and the longest throw in the hammer by a US woman. She will head to Eugene, Oregon next week to compete in the US Olympic trials. Her current long throw of over 70 meters will easily qualify her for this Summer's Olympics in Beijing, China.

Qualifying for the hammer throw is Thursday, July 3rd at 10pm EST with the finals set for Saturday, July 5th at 4:10 pm EST.

Check Link in list for the segment aired last night on Myrtle Beach's WPDE Channel 15 News.

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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