Shot Put: 16 pounds, must be a smooth sphere made of iron, brass, or metal not softer than brass
Next time you’re at your local bowling alley grab yourself one of the heavy 16-pound balls with the gigantic finger holes and hold it up to your shoulder. Then look at the end of the lane and imagine yourself trying to throw it over the pins. Does that feel possible? Because that’s only 60 feet away – and to compete for an Olympic medal, you’d have to heave a 16-pound shot over 70 feet.