Quote from ironman
Link below to story on evolving "Field of Dreams" Mac Wilkins is building in Portland, OR.
Hope to have up and running by June 1, so Oly Trials folks can drop by and tune up close to the venue in Eugene.
Also, talks about eventually having a Throws Summit like the PV Summit.
published at Feb 13th 2008 1:26am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/
Quote from supersam
You question his intelligence and suggest that he is a thug with a 9MM. But yes, still an important element in the story. It's stupid. I'm over it.
published at Feb 13th 2008 1:52am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/
Quote from supersam
I never realized how many racist throwers we have...how is that for an overgeneralization? CSickler, not every hispanic individual needs a green card...idiot.
published at Feb 13th 2008 1:55am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/
Quote from ironman
Actually, you are probably referring to the practice of taking a role of guauze (sp?)and wrapping each individual finger, anchoring the wrap around the wrist and going backup to get the next finger, etc.
You have to do it a few time to figure out the number of wraps per finger it takes to get your desired thickness.
It is really only a meet thing...it is about good for your warm-ups and comp throws. Pretty spendy to do for practices. It is a different feel; you would obviously want to try it at practice first before in a meet (like everything else meet-related).
published at Feb 13th 2008 2:01am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/
Quote from CSickler1
Incidently, I just watched the People Vs. Larry Flint last night for the first time. I don't want to enter into a Hooveresque arguement but labeling me for comically complementing a story, uncalled for. To explain, it's a running joke in my circle since more than a few of my friends are in green card limbo and have almost starved because of late work permits trying to do everything legally while some are granted amnesty. Anyway, that is not what the ring is for. In throwing news I'm almost breaking 44' in the weight now that I'm no longer throwing fastballs with it, anyone have tips on a happy medium between a pop fly and a frozen rope?
published at Feb 13th 2008 2:12am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/
Quote from boris
prediction. Anybody else read that article where it says that "as far as i am concerned there are only two open spots on the olympic team, as i am having one of them"? Is he serious? I just cant believe that he would say something like that. Come on Garret... you should be smarter than that... your a fucking rhodes scholar!
published at Feb 13th 2008 2:30am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/
Quote from KSCTHROWER
I have one of Youri Sedykhs Clinic Videos from I believe 1997... He Goes through everything including wrapping your hand. Very Detailed about length and all that.
Be advised however. I've actually been to a couple meets where they have told me I was not allowed to do that. It is bullshit, but Keep a Glove with you just in case.
published at Feb 13th 2008 3:40am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/
Quote from Long & Strong
I am in need of a correspondent for USATF Indoors in Boston (http://www.usatf.org/events/2008/USAIndoorTFChampionships/). I can get press credentials for whomever fills the spot. If you're already planning on attending the meet and interested, drop me a line (Thrower60@aol.com) ASAP.
Long & Strong
published at Feb 13th 2008 8:43am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/
Quote from Shaun P.
Boris, I suggest that you do a little research on Garrett Johnson before you make such a crass statement about him not being very smart in making such a prediction about him making the Olympic Team.
Garrett is all about goal setting and achieving, and I, for one would never bet against him achieving any target that he sets himself.
He graduated from FSU in 3 years with good enough grades to gain a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, while working 20hrs a week in the Governors Office working on the Governors Haiti Advisory Group. While doing this he also managed to win the NCAA Indoors and Out in the Shot, recording the 5th best Throw in the US and 11th best in the World in 2006, and this was achieved only one year after recovering from a serious (and life threatening) illness that caused him to lose 50lbs and spend weeks in hospital.
Having now settled into the Oxford life and the lack of decent actually any) training facilities, where he has not even mentioned to any of his professors that he is an athlete, let alone an active athlete, for fear that they will believe that he is not taking his studies seriously. They still have no idea that he has been travelling to competitions in Dakar, Doha and even making the Grand Prix Final in Stuttgart last year, which therfore implies that he is one of the Top 8 Shot Putters in the world.
Now he is finishing up his Masters Thesis early in the next few weeks, so that he will be able to go back to his college coach to prepare for the US Olympic Trials, as he has not really had any consistant coaching input for the past 18 months. Yet with all this going on, he was still able to PR last weekend in winning the UK Championships by nearly 3m and breaking the Championship Record which has stood to Geoff Capes for the past 31 years.
While talking technique with him last year and looking at Nelson, Hoffa, Cantwell and Godina, comparing the techniques to his and looking at areas for him to work on in order to bridge the gap form his 68' pr to their 72' distances, Garrett was not phased and merely informed me that he had had a 71'10" foul earier that year so knew what it was like to throw "far".
When it comes to the Olympic Trials, it is all about who handles the pressure best and some people will always mess up and some people will surprise, which is what Nelson did in 2000, and even Noah Bryant at last years USA Champs. Whatever happens, this is likely to be Garretts last year of throwing, as he has bigger and better goals to pursue in the future.
If he has his mind set on making the US Olympic Team this year, then Reese, Adam and Christian would be wise to keep an eye on Garrett in Eugene. I know that they all appreciate his talent and ability, and would not underestimate his ability to achieve great things.
Do not bet against him!
I also have to say that along with this talent and drive and so many admirable qualities, he also happens to be one of the nicest and most gracious and thoughtful people that I have ever met.
Not only would I not be surprised if he made the US Olympic Team, I would not be surprised in the slightest if he ended up running for President one day!
published at Feb 13th 2008 9:35am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/
Quote from spartjdawg
Boris, Garrett is the most talented thrower I have ever met as well as the best person. He may be my best freind but I believe exactley what he said.
Like Mr. Pickering said Garrett threw 20.66m while trying to complete the Rhodes Scholarship Program. He has no coach in England. He can't train consistently either. When he comes back to the states to train at FSU I think you will be very surprised.
As for the actual quote. A person needs to get something in their mind and believe it to accomplish it. Its great to hear him say that he will be an olympian because I know he beleives it. Whenever Garrett has told me he was going to do something he has done it and it is no different this time.
Check out this link too Garrett is thrower #5
published at Feb 13th 2008 8:26pm on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/