Correction, she will go to college on Nike's dime.
bobby s wrote:
I do not see her running college. She will train with Salazar and go to college on her parents dime.
did you forget to take your meds today? who said that she would sklp college altogether? webb also went to GMU so you might want to check your facts.
hmmm, hmmmm, hmmmm wrote:
What? She doesn't go to college? She is at least a middle class and maybe upper middle class suburban kid. She can be a welder? I don't think so. And the economic prospects which attach to being a pro runner, even one at the top of the national heap, are so dismal it makes sense to focus on educational and career development first, and track and field as, well, a means to express herself.
This is the problem I had with Alan Webb's decision to leave Michigan and never finish school. Yeah, I get it, he did well for a time training in relative isolation. And I get the Division 1 grind - I was a Div. 1 scholarship runner myself 25 years ago. But Alan was a middle/upper middle class kid who in the long run will not prosper from his decision to quit college and pursue the marginal sport of pro running. Young people need a peer group in areas other than running.
The XC championships this weekend only amplify these points. A small crowd in Saint Louis listening to lousy pop music hits (including Snoop Dogg) watched the race. It had an amateur, hobby like feel (the top athletes are great, not a knock on them). The "webcast" was atop a windswept tower with amateur announcers. And an average of 2000 people watched the amateur webcast. And $2,000 for being the best in the nation? $100 for 10th? (That doesn't even cover taking the athlete and their family out to dinner that evening). This at a national championship? And you think it makes sense for Mary Cain to not focus on college and education? Really?
Snowmobile jumps at the X Games - a manufactured piece of lousy entertainment - attracts more interest than the XC national championship.
you are clueless if you think female gymnasts and runners are similar. how many 25, 30 or 35 year old professional gymnasts do you know?
Weighted decisions wrote:
High school running stars are somewhat like elite gymnasts. They have a choice to retain their eligibility or go pro and capitalize on their current successes. There were several gymnasts last year at this time that went pro and gave up their college eligibility banking on the fact that they would make the olympic team and cash in. then the injuries happened, they didn't make the team, and now they are paying for college on their own when they could have had a full ride.
cain is awesome and first thought is to capitalize on it. but at this level, he is one run away from an injury cycle that could ruin her pro career. she could also have another growth spurt that could slow her substantially.
the sure money is a college scholarship. if it turns out she is too good in college, she can bail after a couple of years and go pro. this is what missy franklin is doing. but, it's so risky to make the move to pro for a HS distance runner.
Right Seat Pilot wrote:
Kids from her HS traditionally prep for Princeton, and I gather she's a kid who aspires a complete college experience. For pure excitement and the most radical existence she would choose UC Berkeley. For instant front page exposure to the global sports world and media machine she would choose UCLA. But again I would put my money on Princeton.