Perhaps we should have seen this coming with Ajee' Wilson joined the field for the 600 last week but Athing Mu is out of the 600 at Millrose this weekend.
My team and I have made the decision to no longer compete at the Millrose Games this weekend. Instead, we are focusing on gearing up to be at my optimum for the outdoor season, especially, the upcoming World Championships. Wishing everyone participating the best of luck. <3 pic.twitter.com/UeVH3kYHbL
So hard to know what’s going on with Mu. Her talent level is off the charts. Her accomplishments to date are epic. Still, you get the vague sense behind the scenes she struggles with motivation or something. I’m sure I’m reading to much into this, still, it’s a little strange when the USA’s best mid distance talent races so rarely.
I don’t think it is motivation that she struggles with. I just think that she sees the bigger picture and racing frequently is not necessary. I do think she should not have associated herself with Kersee.
There was a super interesting article last week in the NYT about the golfer Anthony Kim. Does anybody remember him? It got me to thinking about Mu for no particular reason other than a sense I get when I hear her interviewed.
“He Was Compared to Tiger Woods. So Why Did He Walk Away From Golf?
Is it OK for an athlete — or anyone, really — to have an extraordinary gift and not use it? The golfer Anthony Kim apparently decided, emphatically, that it is.”
Anyway, as a lowly fan Mu makes me nervous that she’ll walk away in her prime even if it means leaving lots of medals and lots of money on the table.
I think it’s sort of insulting to her to think she’s “dodging” people she’s beat over and over and over, or that she’s afraid to lose to them. I guess the question would be, why would she even in a position where she might lose to Ajee or fail in comparison to Keely? If she’s been hurt or ill, just say it. It seems like there is something more foundational at play.
It seems like she only sets herself up for a race when she thinks she can win. She overestimated herself on the Millrose mile last year and dropped with 300m to go and didn't stay for interviews or offer any explanation. Of course she's obligated to run USA's and World's. She barely won USA's over Wilson and only beat Hodgkinson by 0.07 s at world's. It may have scared her off from racing after World's, but ironically it was actually Moraa who was probably more of a threat in the later part of the year to beat her. Doesn't Ajee never lose at the Armory? Now she withdraws from the meet entirely.
I get she wants to always win like everyone, but if only winning will make her happy, that's concerning. It's okay to lose. For what it's worth, Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone just did.