nah - she's in the trials
Running in Ohio wrote:
Who would have guessed she might not qualify for the Olympic Trials after turning pro.
Totally agree - she needs a bit of time to work through the body changes. It happens a lot to girls her age (though not all - Efraimson is a good example of someone who hasn't seen much change in her body type). Cain's talent won't go away, but there is a risk her motivation will, especially if she keeps getting beaten down by the press and the critics (and probably by herself). She also has other options - she is a very smart young woman, with a great brain on her shoulders. She may well decide it 'isn't worth it' and pursue a fulfilling professional career instead. Not like she is going to end up working part time in a shoe shop if her running doesn't work out.
Mr. Mann wrote:
Mary Cain is still a kid. I ran faster as a 14 year old than I did my sophmore and Jr year in college. Yeah, the female body changes during this time. It is disheartening and I did want to quit. But thank goodness I had great family, team-mates and coach and came back my senior year running times I only dreamed of. Anything can happen in a year. I know Mary will come back even better than before if she just doesn't lose faith that things will start to click again. The hardest part is hanging in there because you don't know exactly when that will happen. I hope she does. She is an an exceptionally talented runner.
That's 100% BS. Simply a lie that's repeated because it's a good excuse for bad behavior. Mary Cain's body changed because she started wolfing down food. For most females the body will not change after 15-16 if they stay on the same diet and exercise level. Puberty starts earlier and ends earlier for girls. Yes, hip structure will increase slightly for decades, but that of the order 1/32 inch a year and will not have any impact whatsoever on running ability.
Mr. Mann wrote:
Yeah, the female body changes during this time. It is disheartening and I did want to quit.