HMMR Podcast Episode 250: The ultimate Olympic Trials throws preview

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.

Listen Now

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.

To hear more on these topics, listen to the full episode above. Also be sure to subscribe to our podcast and review it on iTunes.

Further reading