Entries by Kibwé Johnson

Hurdles and Hammer: Observations

I just got done reading a great article and I felt compelled to blog. It has become clear to me after reading Steve McGill’s hurdle analysis that the state of the hurdles and hammer throw in America share a common hurdle, if you will. And that is technique.

While reading this post, I couldn’t help but agree with many things said, because it’s how I felt about my own hammer technique and when I finally made the conscious decision to change it. I thought, I know I have the talent, why am I not throwing farther? When I finally accepted this fact, everything changed.

What do I even say to that?

There is all sorts of anger, frustration, and sense of failure right now in me, it’s staggering. I wasn’t expecting this result. Like, at all. My timing was just a bit off. Awesome. I threw 75.06m on my first attempt and my next two were just a little out of the sector and fouls. Both sector fouls were over the automatic qualifying mark of 77m. My second throw was a few paces past the 77m line when they showed the replay on the Jumbotron. Very well could have been the leading qualifier for the day. And it would have stamped me as the medal contender that I am. Instead I am in the athlete village writing a silly blog. Which, in reality is more for my own therapy than anything else.

Life in Daegu so far

What a great atmosphere it’s been so far since I’ve been in Korea! I arrived August 17th. The USA staff has been great catering to our athletes needs. There’s nothing like knowing people have got your back to ensure that you can bring your ‘A’ game on competition day. I thrive when I feel taken care of in these situations. Everything is geared for success, and success will be had!

365 Days: Part I

If you don’t know by now, We are officially one year out from the start of the Games of the XXX Olympiad. This reality got me thinking. While Daegu is absolutely my immediate focus, the Olympics are never too far from my mind. As the Olympics are why we moved to Kamloops and endured everything we did to get to this point in the first place. I believe I called it “Operation: Olympic Gold Medallist” on my Facebook page my first day of training September 1, 2008. I’m sure some people thought I was crazy then . . .

So, it’s like THAT…?

It’s been a minute since I’ve put words to paper. So here goes…

Well, that was unexpected… Nothing like getting your ass kicked to give you some major motivation to make improvements.

2011 USA Prep and the Secret

As I approach USA Champs in Eugene, Oregon, my focus has narrowed. This tunnel vision has always allowed me work overtime on new technical points, or just improve on existing points. The need to throw far in training takes a back seat to consistent form. I began a new program which includes 2 different programs on June 12.

A Good Read

I just got done reading Glenn Thompson’s interview with Anthony Washington in the May 2011 issue of Long and Strong Throwers Journal. Tony Washington was, and is a serious discus hero of mine. Back in 8th grade when I first picked up a discus, soon after I knew that name. As a young African-American athlete, to see someone looking like me while throwing well at the international level was inspiring. I grew up around track and field. And knew that I’d love to go to the Olympics one day and compete for my country. Never having my mind set on any one event, or sport for that matter. To be honest, I don’t think I ever actually saw myself doing it until around 9th grade. I hope I can inspire someone as Tony Washington did for me.