Curt Morgan on Stephanie Timmer, Marilyn Coleman: Too Good

In his last missive from masters nationals, Curt Morgan writes: Talk about scary good! Over in the women’s heavyweight throw at the 2014 nationals, you’d find W45 Stephanie Timmer, surely the fastest lady marathoner (best: a phenomenal 3:17) ever to cop double masters weight golds (both shot and discus in Winston-Salem). The “scary” part? Since she’s legally blind (from macular degeneration), this former Marine Corps officer actually needs a guide (Linda Swenson) to find her way into the ring. Alternating with other throwers was W35 Marilyn Coleman, whose ballet-like moves as she spins across the ring combine a dancer’s artistry with pure raw power. How she nearly sends the weight into low Earth orbit is also scary (as in, scary beautiful).

Mistresses of the (Throwing) Universe: Stephanie Timmer (left) and Marilyn Coleman compare muscle development. Photo by Linda Swenson

Mistresses of the (Throwing) Universe: Stephanie Timmer (left) and Marilyn Coleman compare muscle development. Photo by Linda Swenson


Curt continues:
 
Interestingly, both gals have a technical background — Marilyn in electrical engineering, Steph in computer systems. Marilyn is a tech writer and data analyst for ETS (best known for the SAT exam) near Princeton, N.J. Steph is chief technology officer for her own company, Premier Literacy of Naperville, IL.
 
Special claims to fame? Steph has not one but two PhD’s, and is just back from Czechoslovakia, where she competed for the USA Paralympic team.

As for Marilyn: “I was only an average thrower in college. My best was like fourth in the Big East. But today, I’m actually throwing the same weight further than I ever did (at Rutgers).”
 
Why the heavyweight, Marilyn?

“I feel balanced throwing it. It’s not unbalanced, like the shot or discus.” For her part, Steph took up throws when “I got too slow for the marathon.” If 3:17 is “slow,” I’ll have what she’s having!

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August 12, 2014

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  1. Christel Donley - August 13, 2014

    Met Steph some years ago- it seems -at Kenosha,WI,and again,every year since.
    She was competing at the Mid West Indoor Championships, while I was “going” through the Hep.
    Great lady, and oh so strong!
    See you again!

    Christel

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