Pete Pfitzinger may be in the running. Two Olympic Teams and top American in two Olympics, but never a dominant runner on the American scene.
I think Frerichs is likely both too young and too successful for this comparison tower. Only been out of college a couple years (where she had a great senior season at New Mexico) and already has an Oly silver and the American Record to her name. You could argue she's already a top-3 US women's steeper of all-time (Obviously her, Jenny (Barringer) Simpson, and Coburn stand out. I'm not well-versed in the events history, so there may be others I'm neglecting to mention).
One athlete who comes to mind on the women's side is Amy (Hastings) Cragg. She had a great collegiate career, but didn't really break through professionally until 2011. Had a great 2012 with her Trials win. then had a couple "down" years before moving up in distance and eventually winning the 2016 Trials.
Not Robbie Benson wrote:
The answer is Billy Mills.
Have none of you seen a race before 2002.
I think I got it wrote: