Quote from Bogdan Poprawski
Nice to see that more and more people started to agree with an obvious: standing throw is important.
Just some Malachowski's info:
He had quite a bad year altogether. He injured his knee and most probably will have a surgery on it. Also had his hand and fingers re-injured.
published at Sep 18th 2011 6:47am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/
Quote from Throwers Podcast
New podcast interview with Arizona State coach, Dave Dumble, is available now at http://www.throwerspodcast.com
Dave talks about his journey from "average" HS thrower to UCLA All-American and becoming one of the premier college coaches in the country. He also talks a lot about his training theory. In addition to his great NCAA coaching record, he had 2 athletes competing at the World Championships last month, Sarah Stevens-Walker and Ryan Whiting.
As always, the podcast is free to download. Please spread the word and download our other interviews while you are there. Thanks for your support!
published at Sep 18th 2011 12:08pm on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/
Quote from Don Babbitt
I wanted to give a little more detail about my discussion topics that I proposed about the rings and the running of the major meets.
My thinking is basically this, track and field gets very limited prime time exposure when compared with soccer, football, basketball, etc.. As you can see the NBA (with it's massive marketing machine) is making a big push here in the US to take over the Olympics and make men's basketball the #1 sport for viewing/advertising. What grabs headlines for track and field is either world records or positive tests. Obviously, one of these things is good, the other bad. It would be nice for the good to outweigh the bad.
Having said this, when a stadium is built there is a lot of attention put to the runway and running surfaces, but very little if any thought into how rings made. In Daegu it was amazing how different the various rings were, and I am sure that the people in charge had no idea this was the case or that it even mattered to them. However, everyone knew what type of track was laid down years in advance and what type of Mondo it was. All I am asking about is why can't the same attention to detail go to a cement surface that is paid to a Mondo surface.
In terms of performance, the sprint events almost always have their best times in the semi's or finals of a major meet. However, this is rarely the case for the throws. Some has to do with the wind or lack of it for the javelin and discus, but a lot of it has to do with how the event is run. In a lot of cases it doesn't allow the best throwing performers to realize their best results in a major meet like the runners do in the lane events. I think this is inherently unfair for all throwers. It is virtually impossible for any of them to get a WR bonus at a major meet. What I was basically asking is there a way to adjust the way the competition is run and presented to maximize performances and still see who the best thrower is as well. "Having your cake and eating it too" so to speak.
The chance for a thrower to break the world record (in anything but the women's hammer and javelin) is virtually nil in the majors right now, but it can happen at any time in the lanes races. If a running surface was slow and Usian Bolt won the 100m 10.12 and the 200m in 20.05, sure, the best guy won but everyone would be unhappy because the time was so "slow". Why is the sentiment not the same for the throws. Distance matters.
Having said all this however, on a pessimistic note, this is more a theoretical argument, because it is probably too little too late for any changes to really bring back the sport as it is run today, and since we have been trying to get simple like that international hammer cage changed since 2003 (and nothing has changed so far) I think change is highly unlikely.
published at Sep 18th 2011 2:14pm on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/