Olympic Bound

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

The summer Olympics are about sixth months away and athletes are already going through intense training for the games in Beijing, China.

One former member of the Wolfpack is trying to push his way in. He is hoping to make his Olympic debut in the shot put.

Mitchell Pope weighs 350 pounds and stands six foot five. He's a big man. But the key to his Olympic dream is small: His shot put fits in the palm of his hand.

Skills which gel together to push the 16 pound metal ball through the air, as far as possible. Pope, who is 24, believes he can push his way onto the U.S. Olympic team headed for the 2008 summer games in China. His coach at NC state agrees.

Pope will try out for the U.S. team this summer. He trains relentlessly.

21 is the magic number, the minimum throw he needs to qualify for the Olympic trials. He then has to finish in the top two at trials to make the team.

A struggle the NC state grad is thankful to make.


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