Phantasy Star wrote:
...She doesn't doesn't bring the results to back it up. Tons of "random" women can crush her at this point. She'll be chewed up and spit out the back of the marathon trials.
On the "positive" she's brought attention to what a lightweight country club event the tri is. Toss a triathlete into a real running race and they get boned. Badly.
An two world championships and an Olympic gold medal seems like pretty good results to back up the "hype" she gets as an athlete. If by "Tons of "random" women" you mean only 3 US women in the 1/2 marathon national championships and only 4 US women at the 10K national championships have beaten her in distance events that are not the focus of her training, then I concede your point.