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!


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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