Kim Mickle: “Another surgeon gave me a 50-50 chance. I loved those odds”

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Her silver medal in the women’s javelin caused one of the bigger surprises at the Moscow 2013 World Championships, and SPIKES discovers that the multi-talented Kim Mickle has had one hell of a journey.

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The world cup star that swapped a javelin for a cricket ball

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Laura Marsh: “I often wonder what I could have achieved in javelin”

As England bid to defend their title at the women’s cricket World Cup in India this week, SPIKES finds out why all-rounder Laura Marsh swapped throwing a javelin for a cricket ball…

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Athletics’ big thinker looks to rugby and cricket for inspiration

US 2004 Olympic shot put champion Adam Nelson is one of the sport’s great thinkers, and the vice president of the Track & Field Athletes Association. He believes the sport needs major structural reform.

“The problem with change is it usually means someone has to give up something – privacy, marketing rights, comfort – in order for the change to take place.  Allowing the media and fans greater access to the athletes during warm-up or in the call room requires the athletes to change the way they prepare.

"Opening the rules on athlete sponsorship requires a change in the dynamic between sponsors, agents, and athletes. New advances in drug testing are often accompanied by massive invasions of privacy. Changes to competitive rules usually require some acclimation. It doesn’t matter what you change, someone’s going to get frustrated with it.

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Passions

Olympic javelin champion Keshorn Walcott is a man of few words, as SPIKES discovered when chatting to the teenage Trinidadian about his passion for cricket.

When did you first get into cricket and why do you like it so much?
I started playing at the age of ten and I liked it because it was the preferred sport I was good at.

How would you describe your bowling style? Fast, medium, spinner?
Medium.

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