HMMR Podcast Episode 318: Throwing insights (with Don Babbitt)

It’s been a hell of a year so far in the world of throwing: a world recrod, historic marks, and much more just in the spring. Coach Don Babbitt joins us on this week’s podcast as we look ahead to the US Olympic Trials and then the Paris Olympics. We take a look at insights that can be gained from the biomechanics of Mykolos Alekna, the development of Ethan Katzberg, the comeback of Kara Winger, and much more.

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Don Babbitt is the throwing coach and Associate Head Coach at the University of Gerogia. In nearly three decades at the school he has guided some of the top collegiate and professional throwers in the world, including Reese Hoffa, Adam Nelson, Breaux Greer, Jason Tunks, Andras Haklits, and many more. In addition, he supports World Athletics on coaching education and throwing topics.

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Key quotes and topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 2:30 – Making biomechanics useful
  • 5:30 – The story of the world record competition
  • 9:00 – Interpreting technical styles through biomechanics
  • 12:15 – Acceleration and the role of the ground
  • 17:00 – Chasing the wind
  • 24:45 – The development of Ethan Katzberg
  • 33:00 – Kara Winger’s comeback and throwing as an older athlete
  • 37:30 – Men’s shot put predictions
  • 42:30 – Remembering the greatest US nationals ever

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