Kobbs Hessler wrote:
Nico is Henrik, out there pushing the envelope, clearing the way for his more talented younger siblings Lex and Leo. The twins are genuine threats to run under 4 minutes this coming track season and certainly will in the spring of '23 gunning for Alan Webb's 3:53. Having an equally-good brother to train with all the time is a huge advantage. Let them run Pre on May 28, 2022 and shoot for Jakob's 3:52 the WR mile for 17 year olds.
Uhm, if you think Nico is our great American hope and supposed to be analogous to Henrik or Jakob, then his 11th place at Natty's reflects just how far removed from reality you are.
At least pick an athlete who can perform at the top level of the sport or maybe an athlete who can compete with the Ingebrigstens right now.
Cole Hocker and Hobbs Kessler are both more accomplished and can actually race with the best in the world and are the same age group as Jakob right now ( same as Nico, but nowhere close to those three)
Henrik = Nico?
Right now, Nico isn't any better than Casey Clinger, Charlie Hicks, or any of the other 10 guys faster than him right now including his own teammates. How is Nico Young supposed to be the "best" in the U.S. when he isn't even the best on his own team?
Jakob was challenging the best in the world, including the very best from Africa at an early age.
Nico was challenging the best of American HS athletes at age 17 but not before. Now he's trying to be among the best in the NCAA but not quite there yet, let alone the best in the US (He's not beating Chelimo or Mantz anytime soon) so why would you even try and and compare to Ingebrigstens?