It was said that he personified mankind’s tenuous grip on civility and that he displayed every potential trait from savage to barbarian. He was often loud, obnoxious, aggressive, and overpowering. He lived his life, and competed, with the same mindset. It was all-or-nothing, all the time, pure non-stop craziness. Uninhibited mayhem ruled the day. He approached his sport with a level of seriousness within the competition circle that was off-set by the care-free whimsical approach he adopted outside the field of competition. All-out, simultaneous pursuit of both serious sport and frivolous fun means a life of balance and moderation, achieved through excess and imbalance. Unique, but it worked for Oldfield.
He is now a respected coach and imparts his wisdom of experience to many throwers (shotput, hammer and discus). In spite of his wild image and his life of extremes, Oldfield was a dedicated and diligent compiler and documenter of his athletic training regimen. He believes that his passion for pushing boundaries, combined with his attention to detail, transmute his mastery of sport into a science that is duplicable. He’s searching for athletes who want to break barriers and assail records untouched since his heyday. He wants to train legends, and create heroes. If becoming a hero and a legend is not your intent, it should be.
From November 2010, http://raising-a-man.tumblr.com