Quote Of The Day
“No one in the world is better at creating needless controversy and riling up its own athletes and fans than USA Track & Field. Their latest hit: nuking by far its single greatest asset, the Olympic Trials. There are two track meets every four years that casual American sports fans are aware of: the Trials and the Olympics a few weeks later. The Olympics are great, but the Trials are better. There’s something lightly antiseptic about the Olympics – everyone’s happy to be there, and the pageantry feels like a threat to overwhelm the sports at any time. The Trials are far more savage; a fourth-place finish there can derail a career. The genius of the Olympic Trials in the United States is that it’s the one thing USATF has gotten completely right: get the hell out of the way and let the athletes pick the team. In other countries, the governing body generally has some discretion in selecting athletes for the Olympic team, meaning their best athletes are risking nothing before the Olympics. This maybe produces slightly better national teams, but our system produces the most dramatic and exciting Trials.”
– Dennis Young writing in Deadspin about how USATF is ruining the Olympic Trials with their new qualification process.
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