Roald Bradstock, 2003 Sport Artist of the Year
Roald Bradstock may be approaching 50 years old, but he’s still chasing the Olympic dream.
Bradstock, winner of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives’ 2003 Sport Artist of the Year award, represented Great Britain in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics in the javelin throw. When he became an American citizen he tried to make the U.S. team and was an alternate for the 1996 Summer Games. He competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
His last Olympic athletic experience was more than 20 years ago, but Bradstock isn’t letting that stop him. After changing his allegiance back to Britain, he is attempting to qualify for the 2012 London Games. He will be 50 years old when those games take place.
Recently, Bradstock took a step toward realizing that dream. He competed at the University of Georgia in Athens. Many of the competitors that day were half his age.
Bradstock had his fellow competitors turning heads, and not only for his age. He smashed 12 UK national age records — six UK javelin age records for a 47-year-old, the furthest by 32.8 feet (10 meters). He also broke six UK age group records (45-49) with a throw of 228.1 feet (69.54 meters), bettering it by 19 feet (six meters). The performance ranks him atop the 2010 world veterans rankings.
Bradstock, an Olympic artist who has been dubbed “The Olympic Picasso,” has been writing a blog about his efforts to qualify at http://www.insidethegames.biz. His latest entry can be read by clicking here.