Ed Burke winning the first of three AAU National Championships in 1966.

Training Talk With Ed Burke (Part 1)

Ed Burke winning the first of three AAU National Championships in 1966.If you create a list of the best and most influential hammer throwers in American history, Ed Burke is at the top along with Harold Connolly, John Flanagan, and other greats. As a thrower, coach, and visionary he has had a lasting and continuing impact on all of track and field.

Our three-part training talk will look all these parts of Burke’s career, including the moment he is most well know for: carrying the American flag for the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984.


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  1. […] In part one of our training talk with US hammer throwing legend Ed Burke we talked about how he started out in the event and developed into one of the top throwers in the world. But after reaching the top of the sport and making his second Olympic team, Burke abruptly retired. But he came back to the sport later in his career and then returned yet another time to compete as a master’s athlete. Part two discusses why he left the sport and why it kept calling him back. […]

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