The WSJ has a great piece on Abdi Abdirahman. It raises an interesting question: Is his "love of life" (others might say laziness) actually an asset?
The opening to the article as it hooks you right away.
The WSJ wrote:
Olympian Abdi Abdirahman arrived in New York ahead of a race last week with every intention of going for a 50-minute training run. Then his plans changed.
"I just wanted to eat, lie in bed and watch basketball," said Abdirahman, an American long-distance runner. "So that's what I did."
Distance runners tend to be Type A personalities. They weigh their food, chart their mileage and obsess over everything from sleep to stretching. Then there is easygoing Abdirahman, a Somali native who moved to the U.S. as a child. He eats what he wants, likes to party and runs fewer training miles than other marathoners, occasionally skipping workouts altogether.
It's full of other great quotes as well:
"He's the polar opposite of any other runners I've ever known," said Shelley Duncan, a Cleveland Indians outfielder and close friend of Abdirahman's from their days at the University of Arizona. "He's just a guy who loves life."
and how about this from Lagat:
"My son loves Abdi so much because Abdi is like another child."