Crozet’s Eli Sullivan hopes to build on World Horseshoe Championship

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) – There is a world champion living in Crozet that you may not know.

Eli Sullivan is a 10 year old boy who excels in the game of horseshoes.

“Every morning I try to throw before the bus comes,” Eli said. “And every night I get off the bus and go over there and start throwing.”

Eli spends hours and hours in his garden throwing between 500 and 1,000 horseshoes a day.

His father, Evan Sullivan, taught Eli everything he knows about gambling.

“I tried to teach him the basics and some things that bother me and struggle with,” the father said. “I try to teach him those first so he doesn’t fall into the same footsteps, and he gets away with it from there.”

“We fight almost every day. He was beating me all the time, then I started training and he hardly ever beats me,” Eli said.

Now, no one can top Eli: Last month, he won the World Horseshoe Throwing Championships in his age group. Just another addition to the dozens of trophies and awards in his collection.

“He told me before I even started building these pits that, ‘Dad, I want to be a world champion,'” Sullivan said. “As a parent, you tell him that you can do whatever you decide. He worked a lot. »

“Arm speed will do anything for you. Don’t shake it or it will go left or right. It’s just that the arm speed is slow and a bit high and it will do a flip, a double flip, a triple flip,” Eli said.

Take his advice: about 70% of Eli’s throws are ringtones. Eli is determined and focused in the horseshoe throwing game. He doesn’t have much interest in other sports at the moment, saying he wants to continue focusing solely on horseshoes.

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