5 Minute Miler wrote:
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.
I mean I guess I agree to a point but I really think it's less than you think. Track & Field/Cross Country have some of the highest levels of participation for High School students. Not sure the number on this but practically every High School in the country has Track. Sure there are impoverished areas and teams with poor coaching but if a kid wants to work hard they can do that in running easier than they can in almost every other sport. I wouldn't put Monson in that category either, I'd call her a normal girl who has had an amazing college career. If you pay attention to me on any other threads I would say her path has likely meant she has more potential to be successful than the "phenoms" like Mary Cain or Tuohy. I'm going to guess that she had adequate HS coaching though.