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.
Nonetheless is one word.
Your post is spot-on nonetheless.