haha, yeah I didn't even read that guys post. Wheating was under the radar because he just hadn't grabbed anyone's attention yet. He was racing just as hard but was just another runner this time last year.
He opened outdoors at Stanford winning in 1:47, running as hard as he could. He then broke 4:00 for the mile at a meet at Oregon and started to gain some attention, some people brought up his 800 victory at Stanford earlier. It wasn't until his 3:38 victory at the Oregon twilight that people really started to buzz about him, since he slapped down a 26 last 200 to blow away a field with elites.
I remember about that time hearing about his indoor 800 relay leg in 1:50 with a shoe on one foot and a sock on the other. That was one of the things that made me think this kid is going to be great. He was just figuring out his own tools and talent.
What's remarkable to me, was that he DIDN'T lay low. He hammered from indoors to outdoor NCAA's, pr'ing nearly every race. Then he continues to to trials, PR's in the finals and has to drag it out to the Olympics.
This year I think he is racing more conservative. Focussing on skill development and not time chasing yet.
I'm curious to see what he will be running at NCAA's indoors. Obviously he could win the mile or the 800 or both, but they probably want him on that DMR. I guess almost every school who wants points on the DMR will be racing guys who have already raced at least one or two races (Arkansas Ulrey comes to mind).