dkny64 wrote:Hayduke wrote:
I thought Solinsky was tough working class blue collar runner?
Question for those of you who are big Solinsky fans and can't stand Rupp: Does this come down to physical appearance, personal style and dislike of AlSal or is there something more here I should be aware of?
Because when I look at Rupp and Solinsky, I see two athletes of the same generation with similar PRs and similar basic stories: HS distance running star in state that takes distance running seriously; go to college at big-time in-state distance-running power where each continues to run well; run professionally for Nike while living in Oregon and training under college coach.
It very much reminds me of the ovett coe rivalry. Coe was considered a tool of his fathers invention while Ovett was a tough as nails working class hero. The reality is both had balls of steel. Same with Rupp/Solinsky. I think its funny to kid the Solinsky fans who hate Rupp. Clearly they are bigots who judge people on there looks and not their talent or work ethic. Coe and Rupp would still be great athletes with or without AlSal or Peter Coe.... Maybe they would be a little more inconsistent like Ovett and Solinsky, but successful none the less.