Thursday, August 20, 2009

Check out the start list for the Finals Women Hammer Throw

22 August 2009 19:30

BIB NAME NAT YEARSTART PERSONAL BEST 2009 BEST

731Anita WLODARCZYK POL 851 77.20 77.20

978Jessica COSBY USA 822 72.21 72.21

202Sultana FRIZELL CAN 843 72.07 72.07

502Clarissa CLARETTI ITA 804 72.46 71.66

432Betty HEIDLER GER 835 76.55 75.83

353St├ęphanie FALZON FRA 836 73.40 72.54

973Amber CAMPBELL USA 817 70.61 70.61

368Manuela MONTEBRUN FRA 798 74.66 72.71

231Wenxiu ZHANG CHN 869 74.86 72.72

435Kathrin KLAAS GER 8410 73.75 73.75

810Tatyana LYSENKO RUS 8311 77.80 76.41

879Martina HRASNOVÁ SVK 8312 76.90 76.90

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Berlin Bound

So, I haven't been as diligent with updates as I have been in the past, but I'm back on track(no pun intended)! Well, National Championships went awesome!! I placed 2nd and made my second World Championship team so I'm off to Berlin, Germany. This is the first time the USA has been back to that stadium for an international competition since Jesse Owens was there in the 1936 Olympics! I leave in a couple days and I'm soooooo excited! (can you tell?) LOL! Anyway, I'm looking forward to my best international competition ever! My training has been focused and I feel like I'm in great shape so there should be some exciting results. Not to mention, my roommate while in Germany is 2008 Discus Olympic Champion Stephanie Trafton. Talk about a good sign huh? :-) Preliminary competition will be on Thursday Aug. 20th with finals on the 22nd. For results you can log onto either USATF.org or UniversalSports.com, and of course I'll be updating on here as soon as I can. Thank you all for all of your kind words and loving support!

Love and Blessings,
Amber

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Where did the time go?

Wow, so much has happened since the last time I got to update that I hardly know where to start. Well, the last meet I said I was going to was Mt. SAC in Walnut, CA. That went great because I set a new personal record at 70.61m(231'8")! That same month I signed an apparel deal with Nike. I'm really excited about that because I've worked for a long time to become a sponsored athlete. My next meet was the Drake Relays in Des Moines, IA. That was by far, the coldest, wettest, rainiest meet I've ever been to. I was fortunate to come out with the win, even though I didn't throw very far. My best mark that day was 67.89m(222'9"). So then, I was able to put in a few weeks of some really good work before heading off to my next meet. The University of Arizona hosted a meet just for throwers called the Tuscon Throwers Elite Meet. It was a pretty cool venue where they played rock music during the competition to keep everybody hyped up. Well appearently it worked because there were four girls who set personal records that day. Sadly, I wasn't one of them but I threw well anyway. My best throw was 69.99m(229'5") for second place. Then I was off to Cuba!!!! (Told you I've been busy!) There were a group of 9 athletes from the USA who went to compete against the Cubans for the first time since 1995. We had a great time, and all came out with good performances. I placed second behind Arasay Thorndike of Cuba at 69.87m(229') and third was the 2004 olympic bronze medalist :-)! And finally, last weekend was the Prefontain Classice in Eugene, Oregon. The meet director did an awesome job of bringing in some great competition for this meet. The 2008 olympic champion was there along with the 2007 world champion, and the Candian national record holder. Well it was a tough competition but a great warm-up for the world championships coming up in August. I placed 5th behind Betty Heidler(World Champ), Sultana Frizel(Candian Record Holder), Jessica Cosby(Olympic trials champ), and Dara Pchelnik of Belarus. The olympic champ placed 7th. And that brings us up to date!!

This season so far has seen some great training and competitions. So I feel like I'm in a great position to do really well at the USA Outdoor Championships coming up on June 28 back in Eugene. This meet will be the qualifying meet to see who makes the World Championship team that goes to Berlin, Germany in August. Wish me luck and send your blessings!

Always,
Amber

Monday, March 23, 2009

Off To A Good Start

The 2009 season is starting off on the right track (no pun intended). Fridays competition felt great. I was in a good groove and could really feel what was happening on each throw. When I would ask Dr. V what he was seeing in a particular throw, he saw exactly what I felt. So that's very encouraging. Then when I wasn't even expecting it...boom!!! One of the best throws that I've ever had this early in the season. The throw was 69.01m (226'-5") and it felt sooo easy! My chiropractor, Dr. Tony Audino, was able to come see me compete for the first time and shot this video.

video

My next meet will be the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, CA on April 18th.

Peace and Blessings,

Amber

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

2009 Season Begins Now!!!!

Good times are coming! This Friday at 3:00pm at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach, SC I'll be beginning my outdoor season. My hammers have been flying like crazy so I can't wait! I'm hoping to keep the momentum from indoor season flowing into my outdoor season and grab some big numbers early. Its going to be a lot of fun, so if you're in the area and want to watch a good competition come on out! I'll post the results and hopefully a video this weekend. Wish me luck!!!

Peace and Blessings,
Amber

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Three Peat!!

This weekend I won my third straight USA indoor national championship! I was really excited for the competition, and it felt great right from the start. My first throw was one of my best of the season and it just kept rolling from there. The winning throw was 24.43m (80'2") which was short of the world record by about a meter. So all in all it was a great indoor season that ended on a high note. I had the opportunity to compete in front of a great crowd, got to see my family, and enjoy the fruits of my labor! Thanks to everyone for your continued support! I'll be opening up my outdoor season at CCU on March 20th at the Shamrock Invitational. So check back again for those results.

Love and Blessings,
Amber

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Nationals Here We Come!

Indoor season has blew by me! I can't believe the season will be over this weekend. Sunday March 1 will be the AT&T USA Track and Field Indoor Championships! They are being held in Boston, MA at the Reggie Lewis Center. I'm looking forward to a great competition against some of the top women in the US. This will be the first time this season that we will have the chance to go head to head! So I'm really excited to compete because I've been having some of the best practices of my life this week. The work that Dr. V and I are doing is really paying off. My technique feels even better than it did in Beijing so I can't wait to see what kind of numbers get put up. The championships will be televised on ESPN2 from 5-7pm on the 1st. If you don't see the results on ESPN2 of course you can check back here for my take on the competition.

On a side note, its never to early to start preparing for the London 2012 Olympics. So we have a new addition to the site. There is a store where you can purchase Team Campbell t-shirts and sweat shirts! The proceeds will go to assist training and competition expenses. Thanks for your continued support!

Love and Blessings,
Amber

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

'Tis The Season

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

As 2009 rolls in so does a new indoor season. I've opened up on a good note and look to keep going full steam ahead! My first meet of the season was the Virginia Tech Invite in Blacksburg, VA. It was a pretty fun meet for me because I had the opportunity to interact with a lot of young athletes and see some old friends at the same time. I wasn't really expecting big numbers from this competition because it is so early in the season, but that's not exactly how it turned out. I ended up throwing my 20lb. weight 23.73m (77ft10.25in) which is a world leading mark right now. Not only that, but its also farther than I threw last year at the USA Indoor Championships! My friend and former coach Carrie Lane shot video of the competition so here is the winning throw:

video

My next competition will be the Millrose Games in New York City on January 30. It is a part of the Visa Series that ends with the USA Indoor Championships in Boston on February 28-March 1. So sign up for the automatic emails and when I update the site, you'll be in the loop! Thanks for staying on this crazy ride with me. This season's going to full of fun and excitement!

Peace and Blessings,

Amber

Campbell named Athlete of the Week

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Throws Information

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