to be fair to bingham, when he says elites, he means ryan hall, kara goucher, maybe kip lagat, maybe ritz - guys who people have heard of. the people on the marathon advertising posters.
I love Torrence - great runner and I was glad to learn what he does off the track. I hope he makes a national team, wins a medal and gets famous. he is certainly doing more than his fair share.
But what the sport needs is charismatic medalists - and right now KGoucher and Ryan Hall are about all we got. Change that, and the sport changes.
Now you're making sense.
David Torrence is a nice guy, but he's not really an elite guy.
Has he ever made a senior national team?
Torrence talked about the NBA marketing their stars, but lets face it, people came to see Michael Jordan, not Luc Longley.
Torrence is a Luc Longley type guy. Fans pay to see great performances by great players. They're not paying to see the 12th guy on the bench hit 3 pointers, even if he does a good job at it.
And if you protest and say, "David Torrence has run 3:33 so he is certainly elite"...
all I can say is that there are a couple dozen guys in college can drain 3 pointers with no one guarding them. the trick is to do it in a game, with a guy in your face. and even then, you've got to do it over and over, at crunch time, before we call you a star.