Quote Of The Day
Will Leer: “In 2009, I finished fifth and I felt the difference of what making a team meant. At that time, I would say that missing out on that team from that single race probably cost me $70,000-$90,000 when we factor in bonuses and rollover bonuses.”
Matt Lane: “I’m the king of finishing in fourth place and in those cases, you’re still in it. In the sport of distance running, money isn’t the real driver of your focus. In order to get out there and run 100 miles or do the workouts necessary to make the team, that’s where you need to be in the right frame of mind. I knew I was getting to the end of the line when I wasn’t willing to make the hard choices like going to altitude camp. The rest of your life is waiting for you and that thought process settled in after the fourth place finish in 2004.”
– Will Leer (4th at the 2008 Olympic Trials, 5th in 2009, 2011 and 2013) and Matt Lane (4th in 2000, 2001 and 2004) talking about the financial and psychological impact of just missing a spot on Team USA.
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