I was there, and I have a question for everyone else who was actually there too.
At what point do you have personal accountability as an athlete for your drinking/partying/smoking/or eating habits?
Metcalf always spoke the truth.
I was sitting in the circle on the ground, in the group, while you would all cry on the inside because you know he was talking directly to you when he was questioning your commitment to the sport.
Sorry if he pushed you to be elite and you didn't agree with that.
We had success, it was there.
We had lows too, it wasn't perfect.
But the problem was most of you wanted to drink away your problems and party your way through the slump.
You didn't succeed because you didn't want to.
Greg was fine, you were soft.
You don't need to pound your long runs, you chose to do that.
You don't need to party all night, you chose to do that.
And you got mad when it showed in practice and on the track on race day.
Greg took A LOT of chances with athletes, we had way too many people on the team.
And way too many people who'd rather pretend to be an athlete than actually be one.
Sorry, I've also seen way too much bullshit stories getting tossed out there.
You can't commit sometimes, you have to be all in year round.
There were maybe 3-6 athletes who had that level of commitment on the team.
The rest were there for the gear, the food, and the travel.
You know who you are.