Archive for Track & Field
I am back in Lausanne again for the Diamond League meeting Athletissima to be held on June 30. The wind has picked up today and I hope it can work in our favor tomorrow too. Last year the weather was a bit wet so we can only hope for sunny skies. The hotel is right on the water again and I have a chance to walk a little bit and take in all of the sail boats and swans at the marina. If I had more time here I would take the ferry over to Les Grangettes which is an idyllic tiny town with chalets hugging the lake. On warm summer days the kids and adults alike so for a dip near the ferry pier and that water looks so inviting. Again the Montreaux Jazz Fest is in full gear and one of these trips I will stop by and toast a glass of wine to the jazz greats who have played here.
I had a chance to hang with Patty and Steph in Roseburg today. They were nice enough to let me use the ring for my premeet practice. It was super hot but we got to cool off at the pool and eat hamburgers. The kids had a few questions about prepping for USA champs and we had a chance to take a picture with the whole gang. I wouldn’t mind hanging out in Roseburg more often! Thanks for the pic Jodi!
I just landed in Des Moines for the 101st Drake Relays. The volunteers at the airport directed the many athletes to thier hotels and the gentleman who drive our group to the hotel was the same guy who helped me out last year in Des Moines. He gave me a ride to a local high school during the 2009 Relays to practice before the meet. He even dropped by a Walgreens so I could pick up some snacks and supplies. I bought him some MnMs as a thank you. He is a bit hard of hearing but very sweet.
I will do a little workout and get the legs moving after my flight and then get some chow. Those McDonalds ads for fries are really effective and I’m craving them! I’ve been good though and I will only go to McDonalds after I hit the 200 ft mark. I hope that this weekends mark will be over 200 ft or I will have to wait till May in Osaka for fries. Check out the results at www.godrakebulldogs.com.
I’m headed off to a clinic called “Gathering of Champions” in Dayton, Ohio. This Saturday, March 13 will most likely be my last clinic for the 2010 season. This week I have just started throwing the heavy discus…..I’m kinda anxious because I want to get out and throw some big marks but I know that my season is long and my big marks will come later on in the Championships. Here is a little info about the clinic in Dayton….Dan Taylor, shot putter extraordinaire, will be there as well as my friend and mentor, Criss Somerlot.
I hope everyone is doing well on Thanksgiving weekend. I am blessed to be spending the weekend with my husband’s family up in beautiful Lake Tahoe. We had Jerry’s famous breakfast cassarole this morning and watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade on TV. It’s funny to watch all of the singers lip-syncing to thier pop tunes. Last night Barb served up her lasagna and we lifted up our glasses to toast Ray (Jerry’s dad) who is in the hospital with some mysterious elevated heart rate issue. We are praying for you Ray! We all had an awesome time washing dishes and dancing to a great YouTube clip called The Evolution of Dance. Everyone can dance to that…even Jerry! Happy Turkey Day. Give thanks and God bless America!
Here’s a great article that documents my visit to the St Albans Athletic Club. It was published earlier this week in the St Albans & Harpenden Review.
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Olympic gold medallist visits St Albans
If the athletes of St Albans AC needed inspiration ahead of this weekend’s Eastern Young Athletes League final, it was supplied by Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Brown Trafton.
The 28-year-old American, who the won discus in Beijing last year, answered questions from the Westminster Lodge club’s throwers and put them through a series of training drills last week.
To read the rest of the article, click here.
I’ve been working hard and playing a bit too while visiting my family in England. Staying with Jonathan and Anne has been great, they are such a loving family and Anne cooks the best soups ever! Jon and Sarah, my cousin, have the same wacky spontaneous personality that I do and we could get into a lot of laughs given the chance.
Ive been training at Fairway Athletics Centre in Sandown and although it had been windy (Thanks to Hurricane Bill!) I’ve been able to get some training in there. The newspaper and radio have even come out for interviews… check out the article here.
Here’s an article we came across from UniversalSports.com:
Stephanie Brown Trafton was among a delegation of American coaches and athletes invited to take an official walk-through of the Olympic Stadium here this morning, the first time Team USA has done so since the 1936 Games.
The structure is, in a word, colossal. When you couple that immensity with an awareness of the history that unfolded inside the building’s stone and beyond its columns, the awe of the experience leaves its imprint. Needless to say, Brown Trafton was intimidated.
Then, she began to think about the fans who would be filing into that stadium for the World Championships in a day’s time. Germans have an appreciation for the discus, and they have a local legend to support in Franka Dietzsch, the aging but reigning world champion. The combination should have been enough to leave Brown Trafton, admittedly a newcomer to the international stage, quivering with fear.
But the 29-year-old Californian has become a pillar of confidence in the 12 months since she burst onto the scene with her improbable victory at the Beijing Olympics. She enters this competition with the leading mark in the world and the confidence of a champion.
I am gearing up for the World Championships in August and what better way to prepare then take a quick trip to Portland for the World Championships Preview! Of course this is the first year that this meet has been around so its more like a USA Championships rematch because they have not been able to open it up to international athletes. I’m sure it could become a great meet in the future and it could become a Border Battle between online casino Canada and USA….that would be fun!
I am thinking about packing for Berlin now and doing my best to pack my things into two carry-on bags. I hate waiting for luggage at the airport and I am so excited about not having to lug around large suitcases. I really hope I can pull this off! Rick Steves has a great list for people who travel around Europe with carry on only. I am putting his advise into practice and will be glad I did after this trip: Berlin, UK, Croatia, Italy, France, Greece in 6 weeks…..I am sick of travel already but it will be fun nonetheless.
I had an awesome time in Eugene where I won my first National Title at USA Outdoor Championships. We had so much support from the Trafton clan including the McFarlands, Scruggs, and Guererros. There was an entire cheering section and I was gratefull for the support. Tony Mikla came up for the meet and helped out with my pre-meet routine. I saw old college friends and made some new friends along the way. I really appriecite all of the encouragment and kind words from people in Eugene.
Also I was able to meet some fabulous people up in Blue River where we stayed, Cliff Richardson, Jim Keizur, and Jeff Sherman from McKenzie High School. They were so generous with letting me use thier facility to train while I was visiting and I look forward to seeing the new track and field facility when it is complete next summer. It is surely my home away from home and I look forward to returning there next year and years to come. Thanks everyone!