Discus Fun at the Maryland Senior Olympics

Thanks to the Maryland Senior Olympics for a hoot of a track meet today.  Finished first in my age category – my first win with the discus since 1974 (insert “Geezer Alert” here).  Below is a film clip of one of my throws.  I have forgotten what the joke was that spurred my hearty laughter before I threw.  My effort was fairly haphazard.  I was winding up and then paused to remove my sun glasses  – which had flown off in a previous throw.

In the photo, I am holding one of the three discuses I was prohibited from throwing – I had never heard that rubber discuses were banned in meets (I used a rubber discus when I threw in the Virginia high school championship meet in 1974).

For the record, I was also banned from smoking the cigar on the event grounds – but I was expecting that.

The officials overall did an excellent job (aside from a few @#&*%! rules) and offered comments to assist each thrower.  The other competitors were a fine bunch of guys – one of ’em kindly loaned me a discus. It was fun to shoot the bull with them and enjoy a few flashbacks to a time long ago.

A major difference between throwing discus in high school versus now is that I can drink beer legally after a meet.

Below are a couple still shots from the video of my final throw. I tried wearing a different hat but didn’t seem to help.

And here’s a shot from the warmups. As usual, I was a non-contender for any fashion awards.  I was wearing a pair of old shoes with a smooth bottom (to ease the spinning).  I had doubts about whether the shoes would hang together so I brought a roll of duct tape with me.  Happily, the shoes did not bust mid-throw.


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6 Responses to Discus Fun at the Maryland Senior Olympics

  1. Adriana August 13, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    Congratulations, Jim.

    • Jim August 13, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

      Thanks, Adriana! What the heck – at least I avoided getting disqualified for arguing too much with officials.

  2. Tom Blanton August 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm #

    Impressive and scary too. You could do some serious damage with one of those metal
    hats like that guy Oddjob had in the James Bond movie Goldfinger.

    https://youtu.be/AXZL2fmptkU

    • Jim October 11, 2017 at 9:47 am #

      Oddjob was a great character. If memory serves, that actor had won an Olympic weightlifting medal before going to Hollywood.

  3. Barbara klestzick October 11, 2017 at 9:39 am #

    I’m really proud of you what an impressive throw!

    • Jim October 11, 2017 at 9:46 am #

      Thanks, Barb! There’s a reason I always pray for tailwinds.

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