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    Steroids only get you so far in shot-putting

    Mr. Anderson may like this spiel.

    [size=12pt]Steroids only get you so far in shot-putting[/size]
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    Re: Steroids only get you so far in shot-putting

    "Prophet" wrote:
    Mr. Anderson may like this spiel.

    [size=12pt]Steroids only get you so far in shot-putting[/size]
    By Gare Joyce
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    Very interesting article - thanks for posting that, bro.

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    Re: Steroids only get you so far in shot-putting

    Thanks Prophet, I love track and field, especially the shot. As many of you, but probably quite a few members don't I was a thrower myself(and possibly will be again?).

    The emphasis at every level seems to be strength, but it's how you apply that strength and athletic ability. I look at shot-putters today and a lot of them don't look like great athletes -- stronger than I ever was, but they had bellies on them, paunches. I don't see how that translates into good footwork, good technique and speed. Randy Barnes and Brian Oldfield were just tremendous athletes. At indoor events, Brian used to beat NFL running backs in the 50 yards and he could high jump 6-6 at 280 pounds."


    "Whether it's the shot put, Olympic lifting or the World's Strongest Man, it's a test of applied strength. Strength without speed or flexibility or technique or the need to compete isn't enough in any of the disciplines. The shot put records are out there because those throwers were just amazing athletes. Brian revolutionized the event by bringing in the discus-style spin to the shot put and broke the record by feet. I always think his ability was untapped." For his part, Randy Barnes said that, more than ever, strength athletes who would be star shot-putters feel the pull of other sports. "I guess new-generation talent went elsewhere for a long time," he said. Barnes, like Matson and Oldfield, still thinks it's a matter of technique more than anything else. And maybe a little intimidation. "Brian Oldfield threw 75 feet in 1975 when no one else could throw 72 feet and no one would break that mark for 12 long years," Barnes said. "I started mimicking Oldfield's technique in 1986. Unfortunately, many erroneously believed that Oldfield was such a freakish talent that whatever he did couldn't possibly apply to their mortal selves. They were never more wrong. I trusted it and followed it without asking questions, and the better I got, the more I was able to understand what he was doing that made [the spin technique] work so well."
    I can't say enough about Brian Oldfield.

    He's my second favorite athlete of all time, my favorite non-NFL player.

    He is one of the top physical talents to ever walk this Earth.


    Brian Oldfield stood at 6'5", weighed between 270 and 280 pounds, competed in world's strongest man events, high jumped 6'6", threw the discus 200 feet, the shot 75, supposedly ran a 4.4 40 yard dash(may sound absurd, but I believe it), was a damn good bowler, and did all of this while talking trash and smoking cigarettes between throws.

    He was a super human, alpha-male freak, and a showman. Truly a remarkable athlete, the rare few who can do anything they want physically, a Bo Jackson, Randy Moss, Mario Williams, Adrian Peterson type.

    He's the definition of explosive power.

    Here's a few videos of him, some pretty amazing stuff:
    Pay attention to the sound in the beginning of this one "Brian Oldfield in 10.43, Lynn Swann(yes that Lynn Swann) in 10.23. A disappointing time for the big shot putter." 10.43 in the 100m dash is a disappointing time for this guy, who weighs 280 pounds(they say 250 in the video, but I've heard between 270-280 every other time he's been mentioned).
    There's some more cool stuff in the video too, Racing the best female sprinter in the world, and throwing the shot 75'.
    [youtube=425,350]LQ86rhL_WOA[/youtube]

    Dunking a shot:
    [youtube=425,350]kpLePVQLuKM[/youtube]

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    Re: Steroids only get you so far in shot-putting

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    Re: Steroids only get you so far in shot-putting

    Since there's been some talk about Brian Robison today, I thought I'd add that he was a great shot putter at UT.

    I believe he won the Big 12 title in 2006

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    Re: Steroids only get you so far in shot-putting

    "Zeus" wrote:
    "Prophet" wrote:
    Mr. Anderson may like this spiel.

    [size=12pt]Steroids only get you so far in shot-putting[/size]
    By Gare Joyce
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    Updated: August 4, 2008, 2:41 PM ET
    Very interesting article - thanks for posting that, bro.

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    Re: Steroids only get you so far in shot-putting

    "Mr" wrote:
    Since there's been some talk about Brian Robison today, I thought I'd add that he was a great shot putter at UT.

    I believe he won the Big 12 title in 2006
    The shot putters form a tight group.
    Are there secret meetings?
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