"Walker leaves the sport with two years on his contract and — in the eyes of his coach — the potential to set the American record. "
The way I read that it says that Mackey (or maybe his BYU coach - poor writing as such a bold claim isn't attributed to anyone) thinks he could set the AR. Are they crazy? What aspect of Walker's career possibly makes one think he could break the AR which has stood since 1985?
The following excerpt also surprised me to a lesser degree.
Walker had done the math. If he continue to running through the 2020 Olympics he’d still be in dental school in his 30s. He still needed to finish a year at BYU to complete his undergraduate degree. The longer he ran, the more he’d delay his career.
“With running, no matter who you are you have to move on at some point," Walker said. "So if it was me at 24 or me at 32 it was gonna happen sooner or later. Best-case scenario I go on, I make 2020 (Olympics). I make the final. I medal. Even then, my situation from an overall life standpoint, having a wife and maybe kids by then. It just seemed like I could possibly be sacrificing a lot for things that I care more about.”
I get that he's Mormon and all and family is big but doesn't he have 30 years to be a dentist even if he starts at 35? What would he be sacrificing?