OK, so I think the US team not competing in 1980 was really wrong. A much bigger injustice than Jim Ryun not being re-instated in '72. I like Jimmy Carter, he's a good man. He did not understand what he was doing in boycotting.
However, given Ryun's form in the summer of '72, he had an even chance for gold with Vasala. Right? A 51 point final lap in the Olympic trials, and a 3:52 mile in Toronto.
But it is correct to focus on the highlights of his career and not linger on what might have been.
Hadn't heard about his wife and Satan. Good one. Now there is some clear thinking.