It seemed like the Olympics might never arrive, but all of a sudden the tryouts for the world’s best team are here. That’s right, the US Olympic Trials start this week and we’ve got an in depth preview of all the throwing events together with guest Kibwé Johnson. In addition to sharing our predictions, we also discuss format changes in the field events, what makes a championship environment different, the resurgence of American hammer throwing, and much more.
Notes and quotes
- 0:00 – Introduction
- 3:00 – Men’s shot put preview: “Too many elite throwers go as fast as they can and hope they hit the finish. Crouser sets things up, is patient, and is able to consistently hit the finish.”
- 8:30 – Thoughts on officiating the shot put and controversial fouls.
- 13:00 – Debating the new Diamond League field event format: “Results will drop off with the new Diamond League field event format: athletes will hold back in early rounds because there is no real incentive to come make a statement in round 1, then you only get one chance for a big throw.”
- 18:00 – Women’s shot put preview
- 22:15 – Women’s discus preview.
- 24:00 – Thoughts on format differences at championships and competing in the stadium.
- 28:45 – Men’s discus preview.
- 32:00 – A look at Kibwé Johnson’s new role his thoughts on retiring from throwing.
- 38:00 – Reasons behind the growth of American hammer throwing: “There was a change in mindset in American hammer throwing. They were set in their ways, doing what they always did where simply qualifying was the goal. Now they’re asking how they can train better and it’s no longer about qualifying, it’s about the getting on the global podiums.”
- 53:00 – Men’s hammer throw preview.
- 58:00 – Women’s hammer throw preview.
- 1:06:30 – Women’s javelin throw preview.
- 1:11:45 – Men’s javelin throw preview.
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- Kibwé Johnson was previously a guest on Episode 14 and Episode 70 and has contributed several articles to HMMR Media.
- Johnson was also part of a roundtable on Bondarchuk training group on the recent Episode 245. We talked on this episode about the influence of Bondarchuk on the progress in North American throwing. To learn more about Bondarchuk’s training methods, we have a simple introduction, as well video lesson detailing his approach. We also interviewed him in 2015.
- You can look back at our 2016 Olympic Trials men’s throws guide and women’s throws guide. In 2012 we also previewed the hammer as well as the other throws events.