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I'm not burying my head in the sand. I know we didn't perform well in track and field, and it pisses me off. Though instead of using the term "choke fest" I've been telling my friends "they trained in choke city before the games." (I mean ALL our athletes who choked at the games when I say that...there were a lot of them.)
So, lets talk about our men shot putters specifically. Seeing as how we agree our athletes choked, is it the spin that doesn't hold up under pressure, or was it Hoffa and Cantwell, the individuals who didn't hold up under pressure? Nelson I'm leaving out in this case because he had an injury.
There is no biomechanical flaw in the spin technique that makes it subject to "pressure" - pressure is all mental. The reason they choked is because they were not able to keep it together mentally, NOT because of the technique they used.
I was not bringing up our spinners going 1-2 at the worlds as an excuse for their performance in Beijing. I said it to make the point that the spin can, has, and will hold up under pressure. If you want to bring up the Olympics, then what about spinners going 1-2 in 1996, or spinners taking the first FOUR places in 2000?
I'd still like to hear your opinion on Dylan Armstrong getting a PB in the Olympic final with the spin...should he start gliding?
If you can present me with some actual scientific evidence that the spin doesn't hold up under pressure, then I'd love to see it. Otherwise there is no way I'll consider that being a possibility.
One more thing...I don't really think we can say Cantwell "choked". Underperformed in terms of distance thrown, yes. But to go from 5th to 2nd on your last throw, thats a sign of a good competitor.
As far as USA weightlifting goes, I can't comment, I don't follow it. Though it is disheartening to see no American weightlifters on TV (did I just miss them?)
published at Aug 23rd 2008 6:58am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/