Throwing the discus can be a thing of beauty. It takes years of hard work and dedication to become decent at it. it takes lifting when you want to relax, putting on gloves in 20 degree temperatures as long as the sun is out. It takes shaking off a bad day and focusing on technique, it takes loving it enough to sacrifice things you prefer to do in order to do what you need to do. I have enjoyed coaching and watching Sam develop as a thrower. More important is the fact that he's a great kid and stellar student. He's an even better son. To new throwers I say look at where he started and be patient. I hope you enjoy this tribute to an athlete who is still new to throwing and has much more to come . . .