This has probably been posted previously but deserves to be rehashed...
From a Running Times article:
"While I was discussing Goucher’s case with Chaplin, it became a little harder to believe every athlete is treated fairly, if not equally, and appreciated as among the nation’s best. Referring to some of the slower men in the field, Chaplin said, “Those clowns in the bottom half of the 10,000 have no chance on God’s green earth of making the Olympic team.” During another part of the conversation, he said, “I have no patience with distance runners any more.”"
How can a top level USATF official (Chaplin is the chair of USATF’s Men’s Track & Field Committee) be allowed to refer to some of the top 10,000 meter runners in the U.S. (in my opinion, if you make it to the Olympic Trials you are at the top of the heap) as clowns??? This guy is an asshole and should be fired immediately!!!