AOTO Executive Director Roald Bradstock launches global campaign and search for new artists on CNN InternationalMarch 14th, 2016
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.
Comments from a javelin panel assembled by Times of San Diego:
Bud Held, 1952 Olympian
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 »
Inspiration is an integral part of sports: inspiring stories, inspirational performances and inspirational athletes.
Cheating, unfortunately, is another, albeit less savory, aspect of the sporting world.
But how can two such polar opposites come together to inspire us? It’s not possible, is it? Read the rest of this entry »
Question: How high can a human throw something? (From Irish Dave on the Isle of Man)
Answer: Humans are good at throwing things. In fact, we’re great at it; no other animal can throw stuff like 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
2013: Running Network: Article.
2013: World Master Athletics – Roald Bradstock’s M50 World Masters Javelin Record of 76.15m thrown on June 2nd 2012 becomes Official.
Roald Bradstock tops World Masters Rankings for 2012 in both the 45 to 49 year and 50 to 54 year age group catergories: