Europe athletes of the week
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 4, 2006
Track and field
Last week: Performing in damp, blustery conditions at Ansbach on Saturday, Simmons, a senior weight man, set DODDS-Europe seasonal bests in the shot put (45 feet, 11.75 inches) and discus (137-8), to establish himself as the favorite for the European championships May 19-20 in Wiesbaden.
“Cold, wet and wind usually spell disaster for a discus thrower,” his coach, Ronald Smith, wrote in an e-mail Monday. “Brandon made sure of his footing in warm-ups and then threw with all the technique he had. I was impressed he was able to cut through.”
Simmons “said he had trouble feeling his fingers,” Smith wrote. “This made it difficult to hold and release the shot properly. He stuck it out and did a great job.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff