Ranking the Best Throwing Nations

At the end of the day medals are important, but they can be a misleading metric of which countries are powerhouses in the world of throwing. Just a few athletes can lead you to the top of the medal tables, but a true throwing nation is about more than the strength of a few athletes. Therefore, with the help of Nick Garcia, we have once again taken a look at two different metrics to rank the top throwing nations in the world: points totals and number of finalists. The points table is a basic weighted calculation of the top eight finishers in each event. Nick has scored the Olympics as if it were an American high school or university championship: give the top eight places 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 points respectively. The number of finalists is just a basic count of how many athletes each country placed in the top 12 to make it past the qualification round. Read more


HMMR Podcast Episode 70: Records and Rio (with Kibwé Johnson and Benn Harradine)

Elite throwers Benn Harradine and Kibwé Johnson join the podcast for an end of season chat on a variety of topics. We discuss their impressions of Rio, preparing for the biggest stage, and how to deal with unexpected situations at major championships. In addition, we debate whether the men’s world records will fall and, if so, what it will take for someone to reach them. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 65: Olympic Recap

With the Olympics behind us, Nick and I take a look back at Rio to highlight our favorite moments, the best performances, the worst performances, and more. Read more

ATHENS - AUGUST 23:  Gold medalist Adrian Annus of Hungary, silver medalist Koji Murofushi of Japan (L) and bronze medalist Ivan Tikhon of Belarus celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony of the men's hammer throw event on August 23, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in the Sports Complex in Athens, Greece.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Who Will Be On the Rio Podium in 10 Years?

Over the past week new Olympic medalists were crowned in track and field. We’ve seen dramatic performances, amazing back stories, and new stars emerge. But while the competition on the field has finished, unfortunately the results have not yet been finalized. Read more

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JULY 10: (Editors Note: This image has been turned black and white) Pawel Fajdek of Poland waits for his gold medal for the Hammer Throw in the medal room during day five of the 23rd European Athletics Championships at Olympic Stadium on July 10, 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

2016 Olympic Preview: Men’s Hammer Throw

I don’t know if you could ask much more of yetersday’s women’s hammer final. As I predicted it was the Anita show. But she did it in style by breaking 80 meters three times, surpassing her own world record twice, and setting the new mark out an amazing 1.21 meters beyond her old world record. In addition Sophie Hitchon captured the UK’s first medal in the event with a clutch sixth round national record. And two Americans placed in the top eight. Thankfully, that was just the start of the hammer throw action. The men join in on the fun tomorrow. Read more


HMMR Podcast Episode 63: Field Work + Olympic Preview

Coaches have many options for developing athletes. On the strength and conditioning side you have numerous options in the weight room and outside of it. On this episode of the podcast Nick talks about an experiment he recently ran with his incoming freshman to compare the value of work inside of and outside of the weight room. In addition, we also preview the Olympic shot put and hammer events, and analyze Jacko Gill’s latest YouTube training video. Read more

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JULY 08:  Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland reacts during the final of the womens hammer on day three of The 23rd European Athletics Championships at Olympic Stadium on July 8, 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

2016 Olympic Preview: Women’s Hammer Throw

After a four year wait, Olympic track and field action starts up today and one of the first events will be the women’s hammer throw. And I can’t think of a better event to start with. The hammer throw not only features high level action with the best chance of a world record in Rio, but it also adds drama as a wide open field will make for an interesting battle to get on the podium. We don’t have time to preview every event in depth, but as the hammer is closest to our hearts we will provide you all that you need to know. Check out the women’s preview below and come back next week to read up on the men’s action. Read more

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05:  A pin flag flies during a practice round at the Olympic Golf Course prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Let the “Games” Begin

As the games begin I run the gamut of emotions from the excitement of seeing the best of the best go head to head to deep despair and disappointment. As young coach in 1972 and 76 the Olympics was pure excitement, it was in my mind the pinnacle of athlete excellence. I trained with some Olympians and getting to see them in the big show was special. I got to go to Montreal as a spectator. It was so exciting I was like a kid in a candy store I was oblivious to the politics going on. I was there, I went to the practice track every day from day literally from dawn to dusk until track & field competition began. When the competition began I would watch the warm-ups at the practice track and run to my seat in the stadium for the competition. What an inspirational learning experience. It was heady times for a naïve young coach who thought it was all about technique and training and good coaching. Little did I know what was to come? Read more

22nd European Athletics Championships - Day Five

HMMR Podcast Episode 61: Anti-Doping (with Pierre-Jean Vazel)

We are less than a week from the start of the Olympics. But rather than talking about the athletes, the main story continues to be doping. More specifically, the topic is the failure of the current anti-doping systems. On this week’s podcast we bring on guest Pierre-Jean Vazel. As both a journalist and elite sprinting coach, Vazel has a unique perspective on the topic. We discuss how we got into this current mess, issues with the current system, and what hope we have for moving past these mistakes. Read more


HMMR Podcast Episode 60: Nick Rants

Nick is easily irritated, and sometimes he needs to let off some of that steam. On this episode we dive into a few of Nick’s most recent rants and pet peeves on a wide variety of topics. Read more