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  • How Can a SHOT PUTTER Make Money in Track and Field?

    My significant other has qualified for the Olympics and she does not have any sponsors or contracts. Based on the IAAF report she is 2nd in the World. I was wondering how do Track and Field Athletes, primarily Throwers, make money in Track and Field?? Also I would love Advice on choosing an Agent. Thanks

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    This also brings to mind some of Kevin Toth's recent statements.

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    • #3
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      I would say dominate the sport, become "the" athlete of an Olympic games for your country (ie Freeman in 2000), or have some unique style/character which draws attention while still performing well (ie Paddock's flying finish, the jav throwers throwing themselves on the ground, Fosbury's flop when it was original...).

      A lot of it is getting attention. Eddy H. is a top clas masters racer but has a contract because he gets his picture (and his sponser's logo) in a newspaper everyweek.

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        Grow a beard and wear mens clothing oh yeah that won't work in any markets beyond San Fran......

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          Gee I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but the sad reality is that all events are not created equal and women shot putters have virtually zero chance of making any money on the international circuit. Nobody cares, nobody stages the event.

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            Who are you talking about if I may ask? I see that Cleopatra Borel is currently #2 in the world. In her case since she comes from a small country, doing her best at the Olympics will probably benefit her the most. It will bring again attention to Trinidad (what happen to that sprinter Boldon anyway?) and she could take advantage of that. Hopefully, her country won't forget her. Besides she will be the first woman from her nation to reach such achievements.
            Of course if you are talking about someone else, forget all of the above. Meetings don’t seem to stage too many women’s shot put events. The 2004 Athens indoor meeting just cancelled the ladies shot put competition due to the luck of participants. World championships (indoors and outdoors) pay money to the first 8 of each event.
            Cheers and good luck.

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            • #7
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              A 70-footer will greatly increase earnings. (And seriously - I don't think it's all that impossible. I could be wrong, but I think it's more of a speed/technique event than the men's shot.) Actually, in the US, a telegenic image and mid-60s(AR) ability, and a good agent, should bring some $$$.

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              • #8
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                Win the World Indoor Championship - that's worth $40k :-) (and they have cash prizes down to 6th place). Winner of the World Champs (outdoors) gets $50k, the World Athletics Final $40k. All of which shows that even in an event which isn't very popular you can make some money if you're really good.
                Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                  >Who are you talking about if I may ask? I see that Cleopatra Borel is currently #2 in the world.<

                  You do? I think you need new glasses.

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                    If it helps at all, I could offer my services as a web-designer! Having an online presence will help to generate more interest; not only for the athlete themselves, but for the event in which they participate. If they had a web-site which featured, say an online training diary or something similar, many track and field fans will read it with great interest, as the fans are always wanting to know as much info as they can about world-class athletes.

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                      >>Who are you talking about if I may ask? I see that Cleopatra Borel is
                      >currently #2 in the world.<

                      >You do? I think you need new glasses.

                      No, he doesn't. Cleopatra Borel is the no. 2 in the world so far this season, with 19.48.
                      Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                        Apologies to all. I missed that mark. Quite a mark at that--a PR by more than a meter! Is it a legitimate mark? I don't know. But I can't remember the last shot putter to improve by that much in one meet. Now there's a trivia question for you stat phreaks!

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                        • #13
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                          come on now, dont go making indirect accusations because your significant other was shot down lol
                          let's keep this a friendly conversation
                          BTW Laura Gerraughty had about a 2m seasonal PR this past weekend and is looking great for nationals. It beat her pr from last year by about a foot, and now she is ranked #1 in the NCAA.

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                          • #14
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                            Women's SP should be a headline event. -- but only if US or world records are approached. IMHO, both are achievable, w or w/o chemical help. Until women's shot is upped to 5 or 6K.

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                              >Apologies to all. I missed that mark. Quite a mark at that--a PR by more than
                              >a meter!

                              If you excluded Borel, that would mean the significant other of the original poster is Svetlana Krivelyova... Somehow I doubt that's the case.

                              Incidentally, Krivelyova overtook Borel in the world season lists yesterday with her 19.68 at the Russian champs (Korzhanenko won with 19.71).
                              Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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