5 Minute Miler wrote:
Her story should show us that we should support athletes AND students in all communities across the country.
She was not raised in a running hotbed or to a family ghat was knowledgeable about running. She is a physiologically gifted athlete who was roughly a 5 minute miler in small-town Wisconsin. Luckily she stayed with the sport until she found proper guidance.
We should make sure we support small town students and athletes because talent is not limited to affluent families in urban centers.
I agree her story is awesome, she has improved a ton and is enjoying a great year. Let's not get carried away that it was some miracle she stuck with running because she didn't get support or coaching. She raced actively in HS and ran 4:55 and 10:26 as a HS Junior.
Point taken but my suggestion is that talent is not typically hereditary and talented kids are born all over the country into families and communities that may not support their talents. I’m certain there have been national champions that have missed their chance because they had to work after school or grew up in communities that had no cross country team.
We spend a lot of time applauding the phenoms that have put in the hard work at an early age but we should also support the late bloomers and kids in disadvantaged situations. The odds that all of the talented kids have resources and support is mathematically impossible.