think about your life wrote:
In all the years of this debate, no one has ever:
- proved that Rupp has compromised his amateur status in the eyes of the NCAA or USATF.
- explained how Rupp doing his own training is different from other NCAA greats (Goucher, Ritz, McDougal, etc) doing their own training.
- provided more than slimy innuendo about Salazar and his supposed 'dirtiness'
- managed to sound like anything other than a jealous, nitpicking asshole.
What would he need to do to gain your approval? Slow down by 30 seconds or so and grow a beard?
Good points. I would add that the long tradition of Kenyans at Washington State did all of their own personalized training. They got a free education and used their world class talent (lagat & rono included) to dominate younger american runners while often training apart from those american guys on the team.
Yet nobody every complains about this. Has anybody kept a record of how often Chelenga is training with his team? Has anyone demanded his bones to be carbon dated to confirm his age?
I personally don't really care about this stuff. I just accepted these runners in the NCAA and used them as a chance to get better. Some of you sissies need to stop complaining and just get tougher. Stop using Rupp for an excuse as why you suck and the "great" runners are so far ahead of you. The irony is that your jealousy is derived from your feelings of being weak of worthless, but by looking for an excuse (i.e. Rupp's "great and unfair advantages" you make yourselves weaker and less likely to be successful. Take your own situation and improve upon it. Most likely the biggest reason that you are not achieving your potential is right between your ears and not the surfaces that you run on. One thing you have to realize is that you do have a physical limit, that doesn't mean you have reached it. You may be capable of being decent or even really good runners. But don't be so arrogant to assume that if you had all of Rupp's advantages that you would ever be withing 60 seconds of him over 10K. That is just ignorant and arrogant.
I'd love to spend a life in the day of you haters, driving down the road and complaining about some dude with a brand new BMW 751 because he most likely was born with a silver spoon in hand. Yet little do you know he earned everything he has with his mind and hard work. His ability to learn from mistakes, not make excuses and rise above his own downfalls. But you'll continue to search for reasons that you're stuck with a '97 nissan sentra with a dent that you couldn't afford to fix.