Alan Francis (horseshoes)

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Alan Francis is a horseshoes pitcher from Defiance, Ohio. Taught by Ron Frakes. He has won the World Horseshoe Championship 25 times, in 1989, 1993, 1995–1999, 2001, 2003–2010, 2012–2019 and 2021. That is the most anyone has won it (2nd place belongs to Ted Allen who has won 10).[1][2] He is also the only player to consistently pitch over 90%,[3] and is regarded by many as the greatest horseshoe pitcher ever.[4] The New York Times wrote that he may be "the most dominant athlete in any sport in the country".[5]

He began competing when he was 9, and before he turned 18 he won a record 4 Junior Boys World Championships, the first of which he won at the age of 12 in 1982. He competed in his first world championship in 1978, held in Des Moines. He is the youngest world champion in history. He has the highest ringer percentage in history, and the most consecutive wins in history.

Personal life[edit]

He was raised in Blythedale, Missouri, part of a family of full-time farmers and part-time horseshoe pitchers. His father is Larry Francis. He is married to Amy Brown, a three-time world runner-up, whom he married in 1996. They have a son, Alex Francis, born in 2004.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Champions and Records". National Horseshoe Pitchers Association of America. Archived from the original on 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2010-07-23.
  2. ^ "Francis claims record 16th title in dramatic fashion". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
  3. ^ "Men's Top 100". National Horseshoe Pitchers Association of America. Retrieved 2010-07-23.
  4. ^ Glor, Jeff (2010-07-30). "Throwing Horseshoes with Alan Francis, the Ringer". CBS Evening News. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
  5. ^ Branch, John (2010-07-20). "Perfection in the Horseshoe Pit". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 11, 2011. Retrieved 2010-07-23.
  6. ^ Branch, John (2010-07-20). "Perfection in the Horseshoe Pit". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 11, 2011. Retrieved 2010-07-23.