The WSJ has a great piece on Abdi Abdirahman. It raises an interesting question: Is his "love of life" (others might say laziness) actually an asset?
The opening to the article as it hooks you right away.
It's full of other great quotes as well:
The WSJ wrote:
Olympian Abdi Abdirahman arrived in New York ahead of a race last week with every intention of going for a 50-minute training run. Then his plans changed.
"I just wanted to eat, lie in bed and watch basketball," said Abdirahman, an American long-distance runner. "So that's what I did."
Distance runners tend to be Type A personalities. They weigh their food, chart their mileage and obsess over everything from sleep to stretching. Then there is easygoing Abdirahman, a Somali native who moved to the U.S. as a child. He eats what he wants, likes to party and runs fewer training miles than other marathoners, occasionally skipping workouts altogether.
"He's the polar opposite of any other runners I've ever known," said Shelley Duncan, a Cleveland Indians outfielder and close friend of Abdirahman's from their days at the University of Arizona. "He's just a guy who loves life."
and how about this from Lagat:
"My son loves Abdi so much because Abdi is like another child."