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