Christopher James Cralle (born 15 June 1988 in College Station) is a USA hammer thrower. On June 21, 2012 Cralle unleashed a massive personal record of 74.36 meters gaining a second place finish at the 2012 US Olympic Trials. Cralle is currently training at Sam Houston State University as a coach and athlete and looks forward to the 2016 Olympic Games.
In August, I started a new job as a high school history teacher in East Texas. I am supremely grateful for the opportunity and have spent the majority of time, thus far this year, teaching, preparing for classes, and trying to develop my knowledge of world history. Training has taken a backseat and the results have spoken for themselves; thus far this fall I have thrown a best of 63.39 m (208′) with the 16# hammer (a little down from my best of 75.26m (246’11”!).
Moving forward, my goals are to establish consistent training with the hammer; throwing at least 3 days per week (but hopefully closer to 5) and lifting weights 2 days per week. My training will mimic that of the past few years – weightlifting light/medium – concentrating on either clean or snatch (“Hungarian style”), front/back squat, and some twisting/core/ab exercises.
The primary two problems I see with my personal technique and approach to the hammer are: (1) My technique is aesthetically atrocious and relies upon pulling the hammer into a rhythm & (2) I have not trained enough this fall to elicit any gain – technically or otherwise. I will attempt to correct the first problem by willing myself to change the second. I have never been much of an artist nor have I much of an eye for things of an aesthetic nature; however, a still-shot of my entry and a video of me pulling the ball up on the left side of the throw are all that is needed to elicit my gag-reflex.
I hope that all in the throwing community had a wonderful Christmas (For those with a politically correct bent, read: Holidays) and have a great New Year. Now that it is almost spring, I look forward to following the results of my favorite hammer throwers! May ya’lls shortest throws of this year be further than your longest of the last!
I doubt that this write-up is worth anything to anyone but I wanted to apologize again for the late reply and make an attempt to address what I have been doing thus far this off-season. Thank you again and have a wonderful year!