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|Author: ||Wilford Brimley|
|Subject: ||RE: Time for an Honest Assessment of Ritz's Performance|
Again, though, I think it's important to look at the whole body of work for both KG and Ritz when evaluating performance.
Both have shown sparkles of greatness. And it's not that they aren't good runners, because they are. They're very good runners. However, I don't see how anyone could argue that they don't overinflate themselves. And it's just not one misplaced prediction; it's constant.
KG ran 2:32 in Boston. A fine run. But would anyone honestly call this a world class performance? Yes, she got 3rd at Worlds. But that was two years ago. Her recent times are 2:32, 1:08:30, 4:33 and maybe an 8:48 thrown in there. They're very good times! But...She throws around the words "World Record" and "American Record" way too much. Her words, not mine.
She just isn't at the level she thinks she is.
Same with Ritz. A terrific runner. But he's not as good as he keeps saying he is.
Look, I'm all for ambition, but as an athlete reality has to make up a much bigger part of your goals.
That is my only point here: We've got a few people - KG and Ritz to name two - who consistently see themselves at a level they're simply not on yet.
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