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    Discussion of article Kovacs' Big Lift: When is there Too Much Strength?:

    Recently a video of fan favorite and world champion shot putter Joe Kovacs squatting 770 pounds has been zipping around the internet. Philosopher Vern Gambetta asked a question [URL:…a/posts/10206041096050683] and that has sparked an interesting discussion drawing in other great minds. Below is the text posted as we publish, have a read and join in.

    Vern Gambetta
    11 March at 1:19pm
    I always ask- How much strength is enough? Saw where Joe Kovacs squatted 770…

    Discussion of article Road to Rio: Jason Young (USA):

    Jason Young (born May 27, 1981) is an American discus thrower who competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games, finishing 19th. At Texas Tech, Young was a two-time All-American in track and field and placed 2nd in the discus at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championship. In 2010 and 2011, he was the runner-up in discus at the USA Championships. He finished 2010 as the number two ranked discus thrower in the world with his personal best at 69,90m (229' 3"), and has been ranked among the top ten in the…

    Discussion of article Road to Rio: Jason "Dadz" Morgan (Jamaica):

    Discussion of article Road to Rio : Niklas Arrhenius (Sweden):

    Discussion of article Saunders Breaks Barriers Putting 19,23m (63' 1¼"):

    AMES IOWA USA Nineteen-year-old Raven Saunders (15 May 1996) moved up the all-time women's shot put list with today's 19,23m (63' 1 ¼") at the Iowa State Classic (results) [URL:…-state-classic/160212F033]. The South Carolinian and Ole' Miss sophomore jumped 2-time Olympian Tia Brooks' collegiate record of 19,22 m (63' 0 1⁄2") from 9 March 2013 by the slightest of margins. When Tia heard the news she texted me:
    Huge congrats to Raven and Coach Smith at…

    Discussion of article Road to Rio : Stephen Mozia (Nigeria):

    Stephen Mozia (16 August 1993) is a Nigerian shot putter. His parents and older siblings were born in Nigeria but moved to the United States for academic reasons and ended up staying. When his parents could afford it the family traveled back to Nigeria and so Mozia has been a dual citizen since pretty young.

    Mozia's track and field journey began in a traditional US American way, getting ready for another sport–he wanted to improve his footwork for basketball. A self-described 'goofy freshman',…

    Discussion of article American Football & Throwing - Roll Tide:

    Discussion of article Road to Rio Off-Season : Konrad Bukowiecki (Poland):

    Konrad Bukowiecki (17 March 1997) is a Polish shot putter. He won the gold medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships and at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics. In addition, he currently holds the junior indoor world record with the 6kg implement, as well as world youth indoor bests with the 6kg and 5kg implements. In his debut at the senior level competition, he finished sixth at the 2015 European Indoor Championships with the European absolute best with the 7.26 kg shot.

    His best…

    Discussion of article Road to Rio Off-Season : Roland Varga:

    Discussion of article Road to Rio Off-Season : Julian Wruck (Aussie):

    Discussion of article Road to Rio Off-Season : Darrell Hill (USA) video:

    Darrell “The Governor” Hill (born 17 August) is a shot putter from the United States. In 2015 Hill was NCAA (U23) runner-up this past year with a 20,78m (68' 2¼") and finished 6th at the USA Championships at 20.80m (68' 3").

    Hill began throwing at the end of 2009 season when his school's (Penn Wood High School) track & field coach asked Hill to do him a favor and compete at a meet because they needed points. He decided to stick around because I thought the team was cool. His head coach was an…

    Discussion of article Beijing Reflections: Barbara Udoezi Nwaba:

    Discussion of article Beijing Reflections: Joe Kovacs:

    Discussion of article Beijing Reflections: Kibwé Johnson:

    Kibwe Johnson (17 July 1981) is a hammer thrower. He has represented the USA at theWorld Championships in Athletics twice (2007 and 2011). He is a three-time medalist at thePan American Games, having taken silver in 2007 and improved to the gold in 2011 (where he broke the Games record). In 2015 he won again the gold medal at the Pan American Games. He set his personal best of 80,31m (263′ 5″) in 2011. He’s won four of the last fiveUSA Outdoor Championships (2010/ 2nd, 2011/ 1st, 2012/ 1st,…

    Discussion of article Beijing Relflections: Cleopatra Borel:

    Discussion of article Beijing Reflections: Marcel Lomnicky:

    I feel good about my eighth place finish; even though there was more in me and medals winning throws were low. My technique was bad, I was not able to relax during my throws. The big surprise was Nowicki taking the bronze.

    I have some changes in training to make to prepare for Rio. 2016 will be very important for my career and I will try to use the knowledge from all of my past seasons in preparation for Olympics. I tried couple new things this year, so now I have a better idea of what works…

    Discussion of article Beijing Reflections: Natalia Duco:

    Natalia Ducó Soler (born 31 January 1989 in San Felipe, Valparaíso) is a Chilean shot putter. She won the gold medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships. Ducó also competed at the 2008 Olympic Games and at the London Olympics, where she finished ninth with a personal best throw (and national record) of 18.80m (61' 8¼").

    I feel really happy with my World Championship results. This year was really difficult for me; I had both health problem and was injured so I could not compete too much this…

    Discussion of article Beijing Reflections: Gia Lewis-Smallwood:

    Tonight was the IAAF World Championships [discus final]. I am pleased to say I was 11th. I was pleased because one week before the games I popped my right-sacroiliac joint out of place, straining the ligament.

    I was at training camp in Japan trying to get it popped back into place. I was in a tremendous amount of pain and had serious questions on whether or not I could physically compete at the Worlds. I could hardly walk and standing was a nightmare.

    One week later I made the final and…

    Discussion of article Beijing Ready: DeAnna Price:

    Discussion of article Road to Beijing: Borja Vivas Jiménez: