In Sportsman29's 'Indoor Action 2011' SteveK26 'Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:37 pm' marvelled that Jessica 'tadpole' Ennis did 14.60 SP ... Javelin Sam 'Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:35 pm' suggests a separate topic. So a few prompts:
0 Just how should JE weigh up the varying demands of her 7 events?
1 JE weight
Google 'what is the weight of Jessica Ennis'
- 126kg ('08)
- 62kg, height 1.81m, dob 20/04/84 !!! - 'Spikes' 26jan10 - their database needs a look at perhaps on all 3 counts
2 I guess it is often the case that once the stats people get a weight for an athlete they feel a slot in their list has been dealt with - unless a new figure appears somewhere (I found 3-4 different figures for Bolt last year re his weight - and his height!)
3 If a MD runner then ever a slim same-weight athlete, or something like that, but the power-event athletes might put on 10s of kgs over the years in their pursuit of power.
4 Seeing JEs upper arms of the last year and them in '07 (see her official JE site) they are stronger looking (& bigger).
5 It is likely that she has added a kg or two ... in the last 5 years, though how much?
6 Looking at photos isn't always a sure guide to weight change, as one can be deceived by:
- different hair style
- tan / untanned
- make up / no make up
- different attire cut and colour
7 Fat is less dense than muscle, what ever rearrangement of muscle and adipose tissue there has been with JE over the last 5 years.
8 Do top athletes weight themselves regularly; does JE?
Who knows/meets JE from this Message Board and could ask - though some females are notorious about their age and their weight.
9 Just looking in the mirror is often enough to say things are ok.
10 She is into the serious matter of excelling athletically in a multi-event so she will have to pay attention in each event to:
- necessary strength/power increase
- maintaining the range of movement of certain joints
- not needing to carry too much bulk in 800
11 She must believe she can win
12 She must know the nuances of warm up to:
- avoid injury
- optimise performance at comps