Justin Anlezark: “Who Would You Turn Gay For?”

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My good friend, Jibreal, who had introduced me to Autralian shot putter, Justin Anlezark, has just emailed me some cool photos (updated with creative photo titles) and a link to a YouTube 60-second interview where one of the questions was: “Who would you turn gay for?”

Love the accent.  Unfortunately, I was not familiar with the person’s name he mentioned to answer that provocative question…

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Justin Anlezark: Australian Shot Putter

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Thanks to Jibreal, he had pointed me out to Australian shot putter, Justin Anlezark.  Just when I thought that only the American Shot Putting Trifecta of Reese Hoffa, Christian Cantwell, and Adam Nelson are the only ones who are going to be at the Olympics (I’m calling “Clean Sweep” — lol), I find out that there are actually other shot putters out there!  -_^

Justin Anlezark has quite a trying tale for his road to the 2008 Olympics (check it out here).  Stories like that bring me back to my discussion on why I kinda hate sports, sometimes.  But at the same time, these are just the very stories that would truly evoke the power and wonder of the human spirit.

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Christian Cantwell: Jackpot. Again.

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Photo from The New York Times
(Big thank you to the woofy Big Fat Hairy Dave
for spotting this awesome photo
.)

And here are some newer photos of Christian Cantwell in JAMD.

Get your recording equipment ready.  The Olympics is about to begin…

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Reese Hoffa: Jackpot

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Reese Hoffa gives advice on shot putting.

More importantly, there’s a clip of him shot putting… get ready for it…

Shirtless.

I can die now.

[EDIT: I have been reanimated to provide you guys and gals a collage from that awesome video clip…]

That top-right image came from The University Of Georgia: Georgia Magazine.

[EDIT AGAIN: I just noticed YouTube’s “Watch in high quality” option.  So here’s the high quality version collage that made Mr. Hoffa even wider.  And that “slimmer” photo of him in the red shorts is from a 2004 article from AugustaChronicle.com.]

And while Hoffamania is going wild, make sure to check out NBCOlympics.com for many more Reese Hoffa videos and interviews.  My personal favorite is “The goofy and talented Reese Hoffa.”

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Reese Hoffa: Of Rubik’s Cube And Awesome Cuteness

These photos of the super woofy shotputter, Reese Hoffa, are just way too cute for words.  Awww…

Wait.  It gets better.  Here is a video of him solving the Rubik’s Cube…  So what makes it even better?  He’s wearing an “It’s A Liger” t-shirt.  LOVE.  (Or should I say “Pretty much my favorite animal”?)

Here’s a great Wired.com article on my favorite shotputter and how he loves to skateboard and play video games.  Surprisingly, he loves the Metal Gear Solid Games.  Wow!  Is it possible for me to fall in love with him even more?  Apparently so!  ^_^

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Manuel Martinez: Agony Of Defeat

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Manuel Martinez, Premature Goodbye In Valencia
(original Spanish version)

The truth is, I kinda hate sports.  Sometimes.  You can call it what you want: “friendly competition,” “friendly rivalry,” and other “friendly” oxymoron you can think of.  The point is, there is a winner who achieves glory and fame while the loser suffers through anguish, pain, and even humiliation.

Take this photo for instance:

Manuel Martinez is definitely one of the sexiest bearish shot putters out there.  Seeing the painful effects of losing on such a model of perfection do sting me a bit.  (And my libido wants to rudely interrupt that the above photo — I’m sorry, Mr. Martinez — is just smoking hot.)

I don’t think I can ever empathize about spending most of your life on something then fail at it when it mattered the most.

And as Manuel Martinez loses at the 12th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, the following American duo rose to become the dominant winners: Christian Cantwell and Reese Hoffa.  And even though my personal favorite, Mr. Reese Hoffa, placed second to the woofy Christian Cantwell, you can still feel and taste the disappointment of not placing first.

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Reese Hoffa: On The Road For The Olympic Gold

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I have been following Reese Hoffa‘s path and dream to make it to the Olympics.  Not only is it close to happening, it will happen!

Also, not only did Mr. Hoffa qualify from the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials at Hayward Field on June 28, 2008 in Eugene, Oregon, he placed first!  Christian Cantwell placed second and Adam Nelson placed third.

What a lineup.  These three U.S. Olympians will definitely be a force to reckon with.

Chubarama once posted about Adam Nelson getting hypnotized as part of his conditioning to win it all in the Olympics.  I remember kinda laughing at it.  Sorry, Mr. Nelson, I know you guys are a team, but I’m cheering on for Reese Hoffa to win that Olympic Gold.

And then, yes, Christian Cantwell, you are one heck of a big and beefy bear.

In fact, you’re one of my favorite hot shotputters out there.  You even took the Gold, placing Mr. Reese in second place, in the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia on March 7, 2008.  But this is a competition, and I need to take sides.  I have to go with the formidable and handsome Reese Hoffa.

Make sure to check out Reese Hoffa’s Official Site and his iVillage Blog for news and info for this handsome Olympian bear.

And this post is not complete if I don’t post certain types of photos showing why I love the sport of Shot Putting.

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