Are we fighting a losing battle trying to stop athletes taking performance enhancing drugs? Is cheating just so much a part of “our” collective genetic makeup that it can never be eradicated from sport? Is the only option to throw more money at it, and make the offenders criminals and put them in prison, or is there an alternative, albeit extreme option?
What if we went the other direction, and did a 180, and created an entirely new “genre” in the sports world, where it would be not only legal to take PEDs, but you would actually be encouraged to take them?
We have the Olympic and Paralympic Games for abled and disabled athletes. Why not add another section for enabled and enhanced athletes? Creating Super-Olympics would give those individual athletes and state sponsored programs that want to cheat a stage and an outlet. Could this be the solution? Maybe, just maybe, these “cheats”, be it individuals or statewide programs, would then self-purge themselves and move to the new platform, a sand box created especially for them, where they could go and play. Then the decks would be cleared and our current system could be cleaned up. Read the rest of this entry »
One was the first American to hold the world record in the javelin. Another competed in eight Olympic Trials and made three British Olympic teams. A third coached Australian throwers at three Summer Games.
The trio were among five javelin coaches or stars who shared thoughts on Leigh Petranoff’s dream to compete in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
The new San Marcos resident — a daughter of former world record holder Tom Petranoff — competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials. She is interviewed here.
Comments from a javelin panel assembled by Times of San Diego:
In 1953, Held became the first American to set a world record in the javelin — and the first to break the 80-meter mark with his world record of 263 feet 10 inches. He had a best of 270 feet and was inducted into the national Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1987.
Held: I feel a little presumptuous about making suggestions to Leigh about her javelin throwing, considering her father’s abilities. Also, I only saw her make one throw on one occasion, and I did not pay a lot of attention to her form. Read the rest of this entry »
“To the victor go the spoils” is a well-known phrase first uttered by a New York Senator in 1831. Simply put, it means the winner gets the prize. But in the sports world determining a winner can be sometimes be challenging.
You would think that the person crossing the finish line first or the team scoring the most points is the winner, right, seems kind of a no brainer. They’re the ones that stand on top of the podium and receive the bouquet of flowers, get their medals, trophy, jacket or jersey and hear their national anthem played. Of course, they are the champions. That’s why we have competitions and why we have an award ceremony afterwards, so we can Read the rest of this entry »
Roald Bradstock competes in a record setting 8th Olympic Trials aged 50 in Birmingham, England on June 23rd, 2012. He smashes the World Masters Record for “the over 50” and comes second. The following day, on June 24th, 2012, Roald has a little chat with John Inverdale live on BBC
THE Duke of Edinburgh paid a royal visit to Stevenage this week to open a business start-up enterprise. Prince Philip spent an hour at the Business and Technology Centre on Wednesday morning to officially launch its My Incubator project and meet entrepreneurs.
Run by Stevenage Borough Council and Herts business advisors Wenta, the scheme has helped launch and develop more than 50 businesses in two-andhalf years, with over 20 currently at the Bessemer Drive facility. Read More >>
Fifty-year-old Roald Bradstock wins javelin silver at Aviva Trials
Performance artist throws 72.78m
Andy Bull in Birmingham
The Observer, Saturday 23 June 2012 11.33 EDT
Roald Bradstock celebrates his javelin throw during the men’s final at the Aviva 2012 UK Olympic Trials and Championship at Alexander Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
It was not hard to pick out Roald Bradstock at the Aviva Trials. He was the 50-year-old performance artist wearing a tracksuit top from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, over the top of a kit emblazoned with the Union Jack that he had hand-painted. It helped, too, that he threw 72.78m. That was good enough to win him a silver medal behind 27-year-old Lee Doran, from Sheffield, and made him the oldest man to win a medal at the championships since 1936. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the things I teach as a coach, and lecture on as legacy ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust at sport colleges around the UK, is the importance failure plays in both sport and art.It is a necessary “evil” for any athlete or artist to really grow, mature and reach their full potential. It is important to learn from your failures and mistakes. Often you learn just as much, if not more, from your failures as your successes. Read the rest of this entry »