Hi Guys! :)
I have been getting mail from all over the world ... from people just like you who want to talk about lifting and throwing! Here's a selection of recent emails ... and I do write back to each and every one!
I can't post everyone's... and
I took the names off... but I wanted to give you a selection to make you
Sent: Friday, August 27, 2004 5:52 PM
Hey Karen, my name is Emily , I found your site online. I'm a
thrower at my high school in Wisconsin, and I'm going into my senior year.
Lately I've found myself visiting your site a lot. I can't believe what
you've accomplished as a thrower! It's seriously awesome and amazing and
honestly I idolize you. I would love to throw in college but the area of
Wisconsin where I live doesn't care about track and field at all. It's
all basketball! basketball!! BASKETBALL!!!!! Anyway! I'm just looking for
some advice from someone who actually cares a lot about the sport. I was just
wondering, what's throwing in college like? is it fun? challenging? and do
you have any advice, like, if I want to throw for a college should I send
the coach information, and do u know if they like that, does it show that
I'm really interested and dedicated to what I'm doing? If so, I would
more than appreciate your advice!!! Congratulations at the Olympic trials!!!
That's really awesome!
Please write me back,
KAREN: thank you Emily
for the kind words... my Dad has a lot of your questions answered on
his site... so check it
(note to readers: I always write a detailed letter back and try my best to answer their questions . Emily's letter was so sweet I had to post it! GOOD LUCK, EMILY!!)
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2004 3:11 AM
Subject: NCAA Throws CD
I was looking for some video sequences of top throwers on the internet when
I found your ad. I'd be very interested in this CD, but I live in Germany.
Is it possible for me to get this CD despite my living in Germany. I'd
appreciate your help very much.
KAREN: No problem...
please make copies for other athletes and we'll call it a deal!
KAREN: Well, I'll have more helpers at the NCAA's! I was kinda busy at the SEC's. So Look for my NCAA photos!
KAREN: Thank you! I pray for
them every day!
KAREN: Guys, make sure you come by and say hello!! :)
KAREN: Hi Michele, my dad'll pass along my h.s. workout...good luck! :)
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2004 10:06 AM
> Dear Karen,
> I am a high school track coach down in Maryland and one of my throwers
came across your dad's website while searching for throwing workouts. It
lead us to see your home page and we were very impressed by your
accomplishments. We wanted to wish you luck in the indoor season and hope
that you will continue to have success.
forget to sign up with
I think you and your athlete's might like to follow our efforts & get a
glimpse of 'college' athletics!
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 9:10 AM
Subject: Shot-put question
> Hi Karen,
>I have found your website - Congratulations: I think it is one of the best sport´s-related pages on the internet!!! I am 20yo and living in Switzerland - and for four years now I
have focussed on shot-put. As of this moment my results are in the 14m range. A few weks ago I had a lengthy discussion with my trainer - and he recommended that I
> should lose weight. I am 5´10 and about 200 lbs. Do you think that is too much?
> You wrote on your website that you lost quite some weight: Would you tell me how much you weigh now (and your height)? Have your results improved since
> losing weight?
> Looking forward to hearing from you
KAREN: I will send you my plans!
Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 7:03 PM
Subject: Hi, -about throwing-(you don't know who I am), but I have a question..
> Hi, My name is A----. I'm a junior in high school in Indiana. We have just recently started conditioning for track season, and this is only
my second year doing track. I read over and looked at your website and you are just awesome!!! There are basically 4 throwers on our girls track team including myself and we
really have never had a "throwing" coach to tell us what to do for workouts and etc.. We basically just "coached" ourselves last year and learned from what we had been told
to do. Me and one of the other girl throwers only got up to about 30 ft. in the shot put for not having any help. We all think and know we can get better if we follow a
workout routine and I was wondering if you could email me any workouts that you used throughout high school to become a better thrower. I just adore
track and throwing shotput and discus and I would love to become better!! It is one of my dreams to become better and stronger so I can actually get
somewhere with this in College maybe, I know i'm a junior and it is a little late, but I just wondered whenever you have time that you could send me a
workout out for what to do. Right now we started conditioning and we've just been basically doing the bench press, squat machine, stuff like that,
that we feel is working our muscles and stuff. But you definitely seem like the pro and I wish I could get as buff as you! HOLY COW, those pics of you
were incredible girl! That is awesome!! WOW, well if you ever have anytime at all I would be so grateful to hear a response back from you. I
appreciate the help.
KAREN: Don't worry Aleah... I'll give you my old high school workout!
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2003 2:09 AM
Subject: Re: HEY
> hi karen,
> I just wanted to let you know that you have a big track fan in Washington. I am a junior at Washington STate University and we have a nice women's
> throwings crew but not as accomplished as the university of florida's. i emailed your cousin scott and told him that I will be following his
> career. I hope the best for you both and I just signed up for the emails that you send out so that I can keep up with everything. your site is
> awesome. you are a true blessing from God for America and track and field fans all over. Candice Scott is a cutie too..
>your new fan/friend,
KAREN: ok,I'll let Candice know she has a fan,too! :)
KAREN: Consider it done!
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2003 3:47 PM
Subject: Thanks for your newsletters!
> Hi Karen,
>Just had to say that I love your newletters...thanks! I have always larger sized females, especially strong, athletic ones. You all fit the bill and
> are very attractive as well!!
> I know that you girls are very strong. Any chance we can see pics of you flexing your biceps. That would certainly make my day :)
> All the best,
Well, we flex every time we throw!
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 1:24 PM
Subject: THROWING CD!!!! YEAH! lol
> Hey Karen,
> Congrats On a GREAT season....I've been cheacking up on your page ever since i fould out about it, about 6 months ago! Great site! I was wondering if
> you can get me one of those CDs from the NCAA! If you can that would be GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just give me an E-mail back if you can, and i will send
> info... THANKS AGAIN!! AND CONGRATS AGAIN!!!
KAREN:Hi J, my dad is very generous and he'll get you a cd right away!
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 1:06 PM
Subject: You are Amazing
> Hello Karen,
> Your name appeared on a discussion group I belong to. A google search led me to your homepage. After surfing around your site, I can honestly
> say you are an AMAZING young woman. Their is more to saying that than the fact you can lift 715 lbs the way most of us lift a basket of
> laundry. Even though anyone who has that kind of physical strength qualifies as being amazing.
> Karen, what makes you truly amazing is not only the tremendous physical strength you have developed, it's the dedication, drive, passion and
> continually striving to improve. Combine that with the joy that comes across from reading the pages of your site; which are obviously the
> work of someone who is bright, creative, articulate, warm, open and possessing a sly sense of humor. I almost left out the warm smile and
> the pretty face.
> It's the combining of all those attributes that make you someone who is very special. I wanted to write and tell you that and say thanks for
> putting the effort into the web site. It is always a pleasure to meet someone who sets such high goals for themselves, works very hard to
> reach achieve those goals, pursues her goals with a smile on her face and joy in her heart.
> I don't know if a trip to Athens next summer is in our future. I can say this about your future, be it as a scholar, athlete, career woman,
> wife, mother, or whatever else your future may hold, your drive, passion, intelligence, warmth and humor are going to make for a very
> exciting and rewarding experience. Not only for you but for the rest of us who get the chance to meet you.
> Go Gators,
Hi, J. Thank you for
the kind thoughts. :)
Hi Mr. C.,
you are very kind & thoughtful.
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2003 6:29 AM
Would it be possible to have an autographed photo of you as your an attractive and fine Athlete.
Thank you for your time it is appreciated.
Best wishes to you.
KAREN:Of course A... It's on it's way!
Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2003 1:08 PM
Subject: Terrific Website !!
> Hi, Karen, you have the most attractive and info-full website of any current strength athlete ! A LOT of info, but well-designed, and very
> up-to-date ! Keep it going !
> I've been to the UFL campus a couple of times, and it is huge - the football stadium being in the middle of campus stands right out to a
> I don't know if this is the right email address for you, but just send a brief acknowledgement - thanks and happy holidays !
KAREN:Thank you D :)
>Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 20:57:49 -0600
>CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :-) ;-) I saw on your web site that you PRed in both shot and weigh!!!GREAT JOB!!!!! My dad ordered me a weight machine so I can do squats, and
>my coach said that I will probably be on varsity since the farthest throw in disc it 105 and I can throw farther than that!! When I go to college I
>am hoping to throw javelin and hammer(or weight) also!! Are you training to go to the olympics??? That would be so awesome!!! sorry it took me so
>long to email you! Yesterday I had a basketball game and have been busy. We lost by like twenty points. the refs were horrible though our coach got
>kicked out of the game. It was pretty funny! Well I better get going I have homework to do! ttyl bye
KAREN: R, you can do anything you want to do! Go for it! :)
Sent: Monday, February 03, 2003 12:33 AM
Subject: (no subject)
> Congrats to you, Karen! I really have enjoyed all the newsletters and photos. It's wonderful when a
> student/athlete chooses a university and it becomes the best fit for them.You do realize that it's absolutely THE BEST for us parents when our
children are happy with what they are doing and where they are. It appears that you are one of the lucky ones.
> Good luck this weekend.
> :-) R
KAREN: R, thank you....
yep, mom (GatorTrackMom) and dad (GatorTrackDad) are
my two biggest supporters!
Karen: I happened to stumble onto your website while looking around at trackshark.com. I would like to congratulate you on an excellent career and a great web site! Not only are you an outstanding athlete, but you seem like someone with a great deal of intelligence and personality! In short, I have quickly become a fan of Florida throwing! As a young coach who knows less about throwing then any other event, I have a million questions that I'd like to ask. I know your busy as a student athlete, so I'll just ask what I feel is most important. I understand that weight training goes a long way towards throwing success. But what correlations can be drawn between strength levels and throwing success? What can YOU and your Flordia teammates do as maxes in some of the elemental weight excercises? I guesse I am wondering what type of strength it takes to throw the way you guys do. Thanks so much, and good luck with the rest of your season b
Thanks B... I can't share my
team mates statistics... but I will let you know about me. :)
KAREN: you are a STAR! I'll write with some ideas.
>Subject: hey whats up
>Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 19:18:30 -0800 (PST)
>Hi im B i threw for woodbridge and graduated class of 2002
> I was on the caltrack website and i saw the link to your page. So i took
>a look. Your awesome. and you have a cool webpage. Email me back maybe we
>can talk on aim sometime if you have it
>Take it easy
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