Tag Archive for: Competitions

European Tour 2009

I arrived in Zürich today to begin my ten week European comeptition season.  I will only be here for a few days before heading off to competitions in Fränkisch-Crumbach (Germany), St. Pölten (Austria), Bern (Switzerland), and Bergen (Norway) in June.  My schedule for July is not yet finalized, but I will likely be doing a competition or two in the former Yugoslovia before returning to Zurich for the Swiss Championships on August 1st.  A complete schedule is can be found on the site. Right now, I’m just focused on recovering from the tiring flight so that I can set a new season’s best on Sunday.
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The Season is Underway

I’ve had my first few competitions of the season this month. With the start of the season has come a lot of excitement and a lot of frustration. To start off, I traveled to competed at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona and the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California. Entering those meets, I was in great shape and ready throw far. Really far. I was coming off of personal bests in training with the heavy 9-kilogram and 10-kilogram hammers. But when the meet day came around, I ran into foul trouble. All the training with the heavy hammers had affected my rhythm with the 7.26-kilogram (16-pound) hammer. I tossed all of my attempts out of the sector at the Sun Angel Classic and only managed to keep a few easy throws in at Mt. SAC. While the fouls were far, they didn’t count and left me scratching my head and wondering “what if”.
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Spring Competition Schedule

Today is the first day of spring and the snow is finally beginning to melt in Kamloops.  We are still training indoors, but plan to start training outdoors again next week.  My throws have been feeling very good this past week, so I am eager to get outside and see how far they are going.  I am also on a new training program that has me throwing heavy hammers again and doing a lot of hammer-specific weight training.  The hope is to get me in good shape before the season starts.  We will be heading down south for a few weeks in April and will start the season at Arizona State’s Sun Angel Classic and the Mt. SAC Relays in Los Angeles.
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European Cup First League

I arrived in Europe last week. I spent the first few days in Bern, Switzerland with my friend and teammate Roland Widmer. Luckily, I was able to adjust to the time zone change with relatively little jet lag. I traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for my first competition last Saturday.
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Coming to radio near you

I received a phone call on Thursday from KIRO radio reporter Erin Covey. KIRO is putting together some stories on graduating students that are doing interesting work. They selected me for one of their stories and it will air shortly. The report was brief, but Ms. Covey was great to talk with. One thing I would like to add to the report is that I will be moving to Kamloops, British Columbia in a few months to train full-time with the world’s best hammer throw coach. I hope this experience will help me make the Olympics some day. The move will be costly and if you can help in any way, please contact me. Any support would help me reach my goal of being an Olympian.
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A lackluster competition

Well, to put it succinctly, I had a disappointing competition on Saturday. When I arrived on Friday afternoon, I did a short workout to wake my legs up after the flight and had some of the best throws of my life. On Saturday, things continued to feel good, but the results did not come and I only threw 64.44 meters. I still don’t know exactly what happened, but I’m trying to put the competition behind me and look forward to the rest of the season. The complete results for the meet can be found here. On the brighter side, my training partner Jennifer Joyce threw a new personal best of 69.84 meters at a meet in the Ukraine. Sultana Frizell also threw the Olympic standard for the second time, helping her finally meet Canada’s stringent qualifying standards. Read more

Off to Arizona

I just returned from the UW Law School Alumni Dinner where I had the pleasure of dining with D. Wayne Gittinger and his wife Anne. Both have been gracious enough to give me a generous scholarship this year. Without the scholarship, I am not sure I would be able to take time off next year to focus on my training. I just wanted to take a moment to thank them once again.
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Mt. SAC Relays

After having a great week of training in the Arizona Sun, I competed at the Mt. SAC Relays this past Sunday. Things went well, but not quite as expected. At the end of my last practice before the competition, I fell and hurt my rib. The pain was minimal, but enough to throw off my rhythm. As the winner opened the competition with a world leading mark, I was struggling to make the finals. I luckily ended with a respectable mark of 65.32m (214-04), but am eager to compete at full strength so that I can continue what I think will be a great season. After returning to Seattle, I was happy to find out from my doctor that my rib is only severely bruised, and not broken. The pain should subside in the next three weeks, and in the meantime, I have adjusted my competition schedule for the coming weeks. Read more

And the Season Begins

As the temperatures climbed to the mid-70s in Seattle yesterday, I started my season at the PLU Invitational. In front of a strong showing of friends and family, I threw 66.47m (218’1″) to place second behind my friend Adam Midles. I was somewhat surprised and very happy with this result. I’ve only had one meet better than this in my career, and that was last year’s NCAA Championships. My mark was also much further than my first competition last season (to see how this compares to last season, you can look at my results). To make things even better, I was very consistent. I had two throws over 216 feet and another two over 214 feet.
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Early Season Schedule Set

Training is slowly progressing and going much better than the last time I posted. I hope to be in shape to throw 65 meters at my first competition next month. I hope you get a chance to come and watch. My season will begin at the small and local Pacific Luthern University Invitational in Tacoma on April 12th. I will spend the next week training in Arizona before competing at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Southern California on April 20th. My final competition of the month will be the Kamloops Spring Throws Festival on the 26th and 27th. After a busy April, I do not have any competitions planned in May yet.
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