Editor’s Note: This week Collegian Sports will focus on the
exploits and training of six current and former rams as they
prepare to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials July 9 to 18 in
When July 15 rolls around most of CSU’s student body and faculty
won’t be thinking about CSU. Most will be home, working a summer
job or just relaxing and taking in the vacation that is summer.
Former Ram Brian Trainor isn’t like most of the students or faculty
Trainor will be throwing a discus with all of his might when the
rest of the Front Range reaches the middle of the summer. If the
discus that he throws can travel 63.5 meters (208 feet 4 inches)
Trainor will have much to celebrate.
If he reaches the mark, Trainor will be headed to Athens,
Greece, to represent the United States in the 2004 Summer
It began with a whimper
When Brian Trainor started his track career he was not near the
talent that he is today.
“I won most improved (athlete),” the 2003 graduate said. “That
shows how bad I was.”
The discuss thrower had a rough freshman year in high school as
far as track was concerned.
“I kept falling down,” he said of his malfunctioning form. “I
couldn’t get the proper motion down.”
Then during his sophomore year he developed his standing power
throw and that year he won state.
The 24-year-old, La Junta, Colo., resident trains every extra
minute he has to work toward increasing his current best throw of
62.24 meters (204-2 1/4).
Tough Training, tough Trainor
Trainor starts his day at 5:15 a.m. with a stretch then he goes
to West View Middle School in Longmont to teach the students in
technology class. Then every day after work he alternates either
throwing or lifting weights for one to two hours.
CSU possesses some of the best talent in the nation by far,
“I don’t know any other colleges that will have this many
competitors at qualifiers,” said Trainor in reference to July’s
U.S. Team Trials.
But before Trainor can qualify he will need to hit the
A-qualifying standard for throwers, a standard that is but 1.26
meters away for Trainor.
“If I hit it I will probably go,” Trainor said. “In my opinion
I’m second only to (former Ram) Casey (Malone).”
It could end with a bang
If Trainor can’t hit the elusive mark he will have four more
years to practice and train to become the best in the world.
“I’ll just keep trying,” he said. “I’m one of the youngest guys
as far as throwing goes. You usually hit your peak just before you
When Trainor was a freshman in college he traveled to the Junior
Olympic Training Camp. It was there that, “They told me that 2004
will not be your year, 2008 will be your time.”
In 2008 Trainor will be 28.
If 2004 is indeed not the year for Trainor he might be joined by
his brother in 2008. Adam Trainor, a redshirt-athlete at Colorado
State, competes in the hammer throw.
“He’s worked his butt off and built himself up from 190 to 250
pounds,” said Brian Trainor of his brother.
The future might hold some great things from both of the Trainor