I live in a nation whose citizenry considers the Kardashian family to have charisma. I'm not interested. Maybe Carey Pinkowski and mary Wittenburg could administer an English proficiency test to elite competitors. That way, Ritz and Hall could win and, in the OP's view, the sport would be in better hands.
The fact that your seventh grader knew the winner of the Chicago Marathon, that the kid had that level of interest, belies your argument.