It's a tougher road to Rio than most but javelin champ, Kim Mickle, is well on the way to a full recovery.
By
Kim Mickle

8 Feb 2016 - 7:22 PM  UPDATED 8 Feb 2016 - 7:30 PM

Last year started off fabulously with a 66.57m throw in March and also a couple of podium placings in early Diamond League but unfortunately, it all unraveled in July, two days after the Paris leg of the competition.

I was training in a German gym doing a snatch and dislocated my right shoulder mid lift. I still managed to throw at the London Diamond League 4 weeks later and throw 63+m for 3rd (I honestly have no idea how my shoulder managed to do that) and then came home for another 4 weeks to prepare for the World Championships in Beijing. 

Even though I wasn't able to throw during this 4-week block, I thought my shoulder was strong enough to compete... I was wrong!!! The shoulder kept dislocating in the warm-up and I knew I was screwed but still decided to have a go and see if I could qualify. That definitely didn't happen but "you never never know if you never have a go" as someone else who was bright one said.

I went straight to Melbourne for shoulder surgery and I'm now 17 weeks post op and going incredibly!!! 

The surgeon did a splendid job and my rehab has been bloody tough but working a treat! I've been training up an absolute storm with fellow athlete and all around legend, Tessa Maroni, who is also helping me write up some epic track/cardio/rehab track sessions. I'm already going big in the gym with chuckers Cruz Hogan, Luke Cann and Jake Stein and also starting to throw (little throws) with a javelin.  

So absolutely stoked with the progression and can't wait to see what my new shoulder can do in Rio.

This blog originally appeared on kimmickle.com.au.