Ashton Eaton, the shot put, and individualization

Ashton Eaton may be the world record holder in the decathlon, but when you watched him throw shot put that was not the image that came to mind. When he picked up the shot put it always looked a size too big for him. Rather than using a conventional technique, he then shuffled across the ring in his tennis shoes. The image was just as much reminiscent of a masters thrower at a neighborhood track meet than the world’s best athlete.


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