Ed Burke in mighty Q&As: ‘I’m trying to beat myself all the time’
Hammer legend Ed Burke won’t be carrying the American flag at the 2016 Rio Games, but his appetite for throwing is still Olympian at age 73. In a wonderful three-part interview with hammer guru Martin Bissinger, Ed remarks: “I must admit my competitive juices began flowing as I read that Boris Zaitchouk and Arild Busterud had just broken my age 65 masters world mark in Brazil. I would like a chance to meet them head on. Iâ€™m trying to beat myself all the time. Thatâ€™s always the quest, but it could be more fun!” He also tells how he came to throw in masters: “Well by that time I had retired [after the 1984 Games], sold my sports club, and had time on my hands. I love to throw as you know. I heard of the World Masters Games in Edmonton in 2005 and It turned out I had fun … Itâ€™s not a matter of wanting to compete against other throwers, rather just meet or beat my best mark.” See Part 1 of the interview (The Beginning), Part 2 (The Comebacks) and Part 3 (Youth Development and Carry the American Flag). Great stuff!