Maybe it's that the majority of Letsrun is American, but Galen Rupp is not a medal contender in the 10,000 or marathon. Start with the marathon. He has one under his belt so there is nothing to judge consistency. Alan Culpepper debuted with a 2.09.xx matching Salazar's time, and Culpepper never ran faster. The marathon is a different type of animal with way too many variables. Rupp won the trials against a lackluster US field (apart from Meb, 41). He is NOT a medal threat or even top ten threat.
10,000m. Galen Rupp's silver performance in London was a shocker. Just imagine the disbelief anyone would have had four years earlier in Beijing if someone had suggested that in London '12 the 10,000m would go 1) UK, 2) USA 3) Ethiopia...they'd say, "You're dreamin." You mean the Galen Rupp who was 30 seconds back in Beijing in 13th place?
Apart from that anomaly silver four years ago, has Galen Rupp proven himself to be called a 2016 medal contender in the 10,000m or marathon? NO.
Trackbot! Compare Mohamed Farah vs Galen Rupp