He picked up javelin because it looked easy. (It wasn’t.) But gold medals followed.


The last time we counted
them there’s 312 golds. When I was in 1985 I won the 100 and the
200 meter at Kansas City at the Nationals. So I kept running all the time, but what
got me into the javelin, and the discus, and the shot put, and that was I was in the Wyoming Senior Games
and I pulled a muscle up in the hundred. And I looked over at the javelin and
got misled, it looked so simple, they where just hippity-hopping up and
tossing this little. I thought, well, boy, if I can’t run
anymore, I’m gonna do the javelin. See, that’s almost 100 feet,
it’ll almost get the point [INAUDIBLE]. And so I took it up and so
the next year I entered a javelin meet and come in last,
even the women beat me [LAUGH]. One of the hardest things I ever tried was
the javelin, it’s very difficult to learn, it’s a game of perfection, you gotta do
a thousand things in less than a second. [BLANK_AUDIO] I think when I set my first world record
in the javelin I was in the 65 to 69 and then I’ve broken the world record
every age group since then. [LAUGH] [BLANK_AUDIO]

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