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Encyclopedia > Brian Oldfield

Brian Oldfield (born June 1, 1945[1]) is a former American athlete and personality of the 1970s and early 1980s. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ...

A standout shot putter, Oldfield is credited with making the rotational technique popular. With his "Oldfield spin", he set the indoor and outdoor world records in the sport many times. However, due to his status as a professional athlete, his records were never officially recognized. Shot put The shot put is an athletics (track and field) event involving putting (throwing in a pushing motion) a heavy metal ball (called the shot) as far as possible. ...

Oldfield began his career at Middle Tennessee State University where he won the Ohio Valley Conference championship three times. The University recognized his achievements by inducting him into their athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. Middle Tennessee State University (founded September 11, 1911, and commonly abbreviated as MTSU) is an American university located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. ... The Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) is a college athletic conference which operates in the midwestern and southeastern United States. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...

After holding several jobs, Brian set his sights on achieving stardom in the shot put as an Olympian. In 1972 he made the US Olympic team, but finished in 6th place. He bounced back less than a year later by setting his first World record - the indoor shot put record, with a throw of 70 feet, 10 1/2 inches. However, this record was not official due to his affiliation with professional track & field. Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... (Redirected from 1972 Olympic Games) There were two Olympic Games in the year 1972: 1972 Summer Olympics 1972 Winter Olympics This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

In 1975, his throw of 75 feet set another unofficial world record. Though unofficial, Oldfield's accomplishment did not go unnoticed. After setting this mark, he had earned a cover spot on Sports Illustrated, and also made an appearance in a 1975 issue of Playgirl. In his Sports Illustrated interview, he confidently asserted that he expected to be throwing over 80 feet before 1980. In 1984, at age 38, he finally set an official record with a throw of 72 feet, 9 inches to set a new American record. When asked how he was able to do it by a commentator at the event he responded "I had a 'throw-gasm.'"[citation needed] The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Playgirl is a monthly lifestyle magazine published in the United States that features seminude or fully nude men. ...

It is possible that Brian Oldfield is even more well known for his unusual personality. He often wore his hair long in a style he called the "Oldfield Mop" and would occasionally sport a beard. His antics were also considered to be bizarre by his competitors. At the 1972 US Olympic Trials, an opponent was quoted as saying "I will retire the day that I lose to someone like Brian Oldfield." Oldfield would sometimes smoke cigarettes in between throws at competitions to show that he could beat anyone, even while smoking. Not surprising for the man who said "When God created man; he wanted him to look like me."[citation needed]

Oldfield competed in the World's Strongest Man contest in 1978, finishing seventh in a field of ten competitors.[2] He also competed in Scottish Highland Games in the 1970s. Utilizing his experience in the shot put, he set many field records in the stone throw. His career best throw of 63'2" in the light stone, accomplished at Braemar, Scotland in 1973, is still a world record. [3] The official logo of Worlds Strongest Man The Met-Rx Worlds Strongest Man is the best-recognized annual international event in strength athletics. ... Opening ceremonies of 2004 Canmore Highland games Highland games are events held throughout the year in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. ... Braemar (Scottish Gaelic, Baile a Chaisteil Bhràigh Mhàrr) is a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, around 58 miles west of Aberdeen in the Highlands. ... This article is about the country. ...


  1. ^ http://www.brianoldfield.com/biography.htm
  2. ^ http://www.theworldsstrongestman.com/wsm/history/history10.html
  3. ^ http://www.highlandgames.net/records.html

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