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When it comes to big throwers, there's been few as big as England's Geoff Capes. While his stature is larger than life (6'6" 375 lbs) it's his throws across multiple sports that makes Capes perhaps the greatest all-around strength athlete of all time. But, this article is about the five greatest Highland Games throwers of all time, and his place in history as number four, so we'll stick to the kilts for now. However, when it comes down to it, you have to mention his prowess on the pitch, in the ring and even in the strongman coliseum. In the shot...

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The Scottish Highland Games is rife with a whole host of amazing throwers. Over the course of history, many gifted athletes have donned a kilt and hurled the stones, hammers, weights and cabers of the world. Arguably one of the longest tenured sports, the Highland Games poses some difficulty in narrowing down the list of the greatest to just five, but … I’m gonna try. So starts my list of the five greatest heavy athletes in Scottish Highland Games history. Let’s break down the criteria I used to help me with this endeavor: World Championships Won Longevity of Dominance Personal...

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Six pack. Let's go ahead and admit it now - you don't have one and it's not on your current goal list. Why? Because you want to throw far, and in the Scottish Highland Games, mass moves mass. So, if you don't care to be in the next Baywatch movie, what's the point of doing “abs” for throwing? Aside from back and trunk health benefits, it will help your throwing. Period. Leading up the 2014 season, I had this idea that greater ab work (some laugh at “core” or “trunk,” so I'll go with “ab work”) would help my throws,...

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When it comes to the highland games, there are many ways to skin a cat; so many different events with different techniques, there’s plenty of ways to make a big throw. Yet, in the hammer, what is best when it comes to tacky? That’s right; let’s address, in my mind, a growing concern of mine in the games today. The great debate – spray tacky vs solid tacky.Now, don’t get me wrong, spray tacky has its place in my bag (great for caber), but your very greatest hindrance in the hammers may be the tacky you are using. I’ve been...

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When I first started throwing in the Scottish Highland Games, I didn’t account for a lot of things. I had no idea to the amount of hours I would spend throwing in a field. I had no idea how many times I’d run through technique in my mind or mimic throws in my kitchen. I had no idea the sheer rush of adrenaline after a 12:00 throw or a big throw in the last round. This new world of throwing proved to be far more than I dreamed, and the experiences far more vast. When I turned pro in 2007,...

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