U. S. Track & Field Olympic Trials
(a few throws, really)
The Season is over for most,
but for a few it’s just the beginning…
USA Men’s Olympic Shot Put Team 2016
Ryan Crouser – Joe Kovacs – Darrell Hill
Opening Day, Friday July 1 –
The Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista sweeps the Men’s Shot Put.
These three are on an upswing in their young careers. I have been fortunate enough to be around them at the Training Center and since the first of June have been working with Ryan Crouser.
Ryan earned his Master’s Degree in Business Finance this May. The study load provided a well timed delay to his outdoor season’s peak. Two weeks before the Trials he upped his life record to 21.86m. On his second throw in the Trials he again improved his Lifetime Best. We are hoping for another step forward in Rio.
Men’s Shot Put Results – US Olympic Team 2016
Ryan Crouser – National Champion 22.11m 72′ 6″
Joe Kovacs – World Champion 21.95m 72′ 1/4″
Darrell Hill – New Lifetime Best 21.63m 70′ 11 3/4″Joe remains the favorite going to Rio with all his competitive throws over 22m and Championship experience. But he knows teammates Ryan and Darrell will be pushing him along with the rest of the world.And that’s why they call it competition!
Rio Olympics Men’s Shot Put Thursday August 18
July 4, 2016 Men’s Javelin
Sam makes the Olympic Team in a year he might not have competed.
The 2015-2016 season was to be a recovery year from the grind of five seasons in college. A PRP injection to heal tendonitis in his right knee pushed back the start of training to February.
Sam has fought his way back and hopes to finish the season in Rio close to his all time best. Although he only finished fourth on Monday, he made the three man Olympic Team in the javelin. Sam was one of only three throwers who had achieved the Olympic Qualifying Standard, a requirement to make the team.
This link explains the complexities of making the US Team.
Rio Olympics Men’s Javelin
Qualifying Wednesday Aug 17 – Finals Saturday Aug. 20
July 6, 2016 Hammer Time at Hayward
Finally, Hayward Field is World Class
The west grandstand held a good crowd for the hammer throwers
July 8 Men’s Discus Final
US Olympic Team Mens’ Discus Tthrow
Mason Finley, National Champion Tavis Bailey, 2nd place Andrew Evans, 3rd place
NEWBIES, But the Olympic Team all competed like experienced Pros.
The weather forecast called for rain around 4pm, an hour after the start of the 12 man Final.
In those conditions its important to be ready to throw well in your first or second attempt.
Make hay while the sun shines!
You might not have the luxury of building up to a big effort in the later rounds if the rain comes down and makes it difficult to grip the discus and have secure footing in the circle.
The rain started toward the end of the third round and added to the challenge for those out of the top three spots.
Andrew Evans had been hitting his best throw late in recent competitions. His plan was to take twice as many hard warm up throws to “move his best effort up earlier” in the competition. He was able to execute his plan.
All three Olympians made their best efforts on their first or second throw. During the rain the Olympians had 6 of 9 throws measured. The rest of the field had only 4 legal throws of 15 attempts. No one improved in the final three rounds in the rain.
As the last three throwers in the competition, the Olympians got a karmic bonus as the rain nearly stopped for their final throws.
Be prepared. Its worth it.
Rio Olympics Men’s Discus Throw
Qualifying Friday Aug. 12 – Finals Saturday Aug. 13
Sharing my Passion – The Spinal Decompressor
Here is how it works. This is part of my daily routine. This is the full routine, but you can get the idea right away of what it can do for your back. For me its also getting the blood to flow and the relaxation.
Check this short video with me and Dr. Perry demonstrating how to use the Spinal Decompressor. More at SmartBackCare