Quote from Tony Dziepak
1 68.68 Wilkins
2 68.00 Powell
3 66.50 Plucknett
4 65.56 Oerter
5 64.30 Cain
6 63.46 Swarts
7 59.94 Scott
8 59.72 Silvester
published at Apr 26th 2013 5:53am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/
Quote from Brad Reid
That was one heck of a performance by Cain, to be right there in the middle of the mix with most of the names throwing that day iconic in our throwing sports history.
Gary is correct that it would be his finest hour.
Gary will recall the Brian Oldfield story from that Trials, too, I bet. Oldfield had thrown professionally (ITA) and we hadn't yet segued to a "pro-okay" Olympics stance. He won a court injunction that allowed him to compete. And, like Wilkins and Powell and the others in the discus, he was still throwing very well in 1980 with lots of puts over 70' that year though he was off that day . . . finishing 4th at 67 and change.
Feuerbach would make his 3rd Team in 1980. Back in the ITA days when Oldfield was throwing some big bombs, he was diverting attention away from Feuerbach, king of the hill on the amateur side. Feuerbach, responding to a question about Oldfield's then recent 75 footer, replied something to the effect questioning the quality of the officials and even suggested the weight of the shot was dubious.
P.S. For others, Gary was once an underweight shot-putter throwing in the 56 feet range while weighing under 200 lbs. early on in college. I am not sure what the record would be for a 16 pounder toss, under 200 lbs., for collegiate freshman, but his toss would be well up there I suspect. He would later start eating and win a NCAA shot title. Then, alas, we lost him to the dark side . . . Gary would throw the jav at the 1984 Olympic Trials.
***In some mythical sports dictionary we might find these definitions pre-1986:
Russian Sports - supported by a communist political system smart enough to use capitalism to reward its athletes to propel them to better and better results, the successful outcomes, such as Olympic gold medals, to be used as propaganda to advertise its failing political ideology to an ignorant world unaware that Russian athletic results proved our ideological advantages, not theirs."
American Sports - a capitalist political system silly enough to demand that its athletes be virgin amateurs where the proper motivations (money and support) that would align it best with its political ideology are thrown out the window so that its amateurs would compete against professionals from other countries. Any athlete found to have ever received any financial gains from any sport would be disqualifed and dishonored, even decades after the fact (Jim Thorpe); or, anyone even suspected of benefiting from sport in any financial sense would be hounded out of competitive sports (Paul Anderson, Bob Mathias, Sim Iness, Bill Nieder, etc., etc., etc... Oldfield).
When the world was upside down, inside out!
published at Apr 26th 2013 5:58am on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/
Quote from Montana
One of my senior throwers from last year threw 192' for a pr at the state meet in 35 degree temp. After high school he went to work on the rigs in North Dakota. He is back home this spring helping me coach the high school kids. He is looking for any school to go throw and continue his education. A smaller school would be preferred. A CC or JC would fit him well. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
published at Apr 26th 2013 10:59pm on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/