As much as I love the hammer throw, I am a really a fan of every track and field event. The hammer throw just happens to be the one I participate in. Coach Metcalf used to use my knowledge of the everyone’s personal bests as an example for the rest of our team. Others, e.g. my teammates, thought I was teacher’s pet. Now most of my throwing colleagues think I’m crazy for watching events like today’s New York Marathon. The truth is that I just like the sport and have as much fun watching a good marathon as I do watching an elite pole vaulter.
Recently I was able to use my obsession with statistics to get onto the TrackFocus Weekly podcast. There, I helped rate the top field event performers of the year along with discus gold medalist Mac Wilkins and king of the superfans Jesse Squire (incidentally Jesse was one of the few that correctly picked Gebre Gebremariam to win the New York Marathon today).
Part one of the season review was put online today and can be listened to here. You can click here to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. I would encourage you to become a listener since host Jim McDannald brings together some of the best commentators every week to provide a unique perspective on the hot topics in our sport.
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