HMMR Podcast Episode 214: Finding your throw (with Suzy Powell-Roos)

As we entered a new century it had been 30 years since an American woman ranked top 10 in the world. Suzy Powell-Roos led a group of throwers that changed that and put the event on the map globally for the US. On this week’s podcast, the 3-time Olympian and former American record holder joins us to look back at her throwing career and look ahead at her coaching career.

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Notes and quotes

Suzy Powell-Roos is currently the throws coach at Modesto Junior College in California. As a thrower she jumped on the scene at an early age by setting multiple age groups records and being named the national Girl’s High School Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News. As she graduated to the senior ranks she made 3 Olympic teams, 4 world championship teams, and set the American record at 67.67 meters.

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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

  • This month’s site theme is the future of training. Join HMMR Plus so that you don’t miss out on our archives and new resources.
  • In our discussion of explosive strength we referenced our recent interview with Rene Sack on Episode 211. You can learn more from on the topic in Video Lesson 16.
  • Former coaches John Godina (Episode 46) and Dan Pfaff (Episode 59) were both early guests on our podcast. We also did two written interviews with Dan Pfaff that have been included in our book Training Talk.
  • For more on the UCLA pipeline of coaches, listen to our interviews with John Frazier (Episode 179) and Don Babbitt (Episode 116).
  • Discus has also been covered in our interview with Sack linked above, as well as his interview on Episode 79. Powell’s rival Aretha Thurmond was a guest on Episode 166. Jamaican discus coach Julian Robinson was a guest on Episode 155. We also have done written interviews with Vésteinn Hafsteinsson, Mac Wilkins, and Eric Cadee.