Quote Of The Day
“To be sure, Symmonds is a brilliant tactical racer with the type of finishing speed that makes him a threat in any championship race. He says missing the worlds ‘could be a huge financial hit for me,’ but he would have been very, very hard-pressed to win a medal – and any prize money – in Beijing. So if he were to challenge the rule in Beijing, bomb out in the semifinals and then receive – or not receive – discipline, it’s the quiet act of a nobody that unfolds 8,000 miles from home in the long shadow of Usain Bolt and the start of the NFL and college football seasons.
Instead, Symmonds took his stand now. Right or wrong, agree or disagree, it’s hard to argue with his timing. There is a much larger issue in play than Nick Symmonds and his Brooks T-shirts, one that cuts to the heart of a sport’s battle for relevance and its athletes’ battle for financial survival.
‘This is the beginning of a much bigger story,’ says distance runner Lauren Fleshman.”
– Excerpt from a piece by Tim Layden in Sports Illustrated on the Nick Symmonds / USATF battle.
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