Europe has long been the epicenter of track and field. With the European Championships taking place last week, it’s a good time to take a look at whether that is still the case. On this week’s episode of the podcast we recap the highlights from the meet, which countries are on the rise, and how Europe still stacks up against the rest of the world.
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Notes and quotes
We started off the episode by discussing the results at the European championships and the continued rise of Poland. Near the end of the show we also discussed some of hte new presentation ideas rolled out at the European Championships and ways that we can continue to help the sport grow.
- 4:00 – News at Velaasa.
- 14:45 – Poland vs. Germany and the future of European throws: “If Germany wants to step up again in the shot put, they are going to need to start learning how to spin in the shot put. “
- 19:30 – Youth development in Poland.
- 21:00 – Is the world closing the gap with Europe? “The US is struggling in some events now, but it’s a matter of getting the right ability with the right pocket of athletes and things can really take off once the culture is rolling. “
- 26:30 – German throws culture and developing a culture around an event: “There is not a singular approach to training in Germany, but Germany’s most successful throwing events have a community. “
- 29:30 – Bridging the gap from under 23 to professional.
- 31:15 – German support structure.
- 37:30 – Changes in meet presentation at the European Championships.
- 41:30 – The new 30 second rule and making competitions more athlete and fan friendly. “We are all put in a position when we have to endure an event. We should enjoy it. “
- 45:00 – Rethinking qualificatoin rounds: “Anything can happen in the prelims. Part of being a champion is performing in qualification, so we shouldn’t let the best athletes skip that. “
- 49:00 – Rethinking warmups.
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- We 2017 country review ranked all countries in the throwing events last year following the world championships, and provided some commentary on where the world is heading. We also discussed the state of American throwing on Episode 161 and in this article.
- René Sack provided some background into the German development structure on Episode 79 of the podcast.