Either way, his role as an inspiration to the group that really kick-started the new boom is sacrosanct. As Kennedy was fading away, he was the ONLY guy willing to take it to the Kenyans, and his brashness and determination, especially in the face of adversity had a lasting impact on people like Webb, Ritz, Hall, Solinsky, etc...
While he'll never be satisfied with what he accomplished on the track, if we've learned anything in the last generation, it's what you contribute to the sport as a whole that counts.... and Adam, despite all the setbacks, has been an invaluable part of U.S. distance running.
Good luck to him, whatever happens.
Excellent post. He did exactly that. He had no fear when Kennedy was on the down slope and every other top American had just accepted getting killed by the E. Africans. Goucher didn't just want to believe he could compete with the top E. Africans, he wanted to stick it to them at a time when no other americans were helping to up the game. People thought Kennedy was just an outlier, never to be repeated by Americans.
Goucher thought different, and was one of the big reasons we had young runners inspired to pursue running and do it with confidence coming into the early 2000s.
It's a shame he wasn't healthy more of the time to do more of what he wanted to, but his role in raising the game cannot be forgotten. There may be some consolation in knowing this, but you know the guy is a competitor thru and thru and still wants to be out there doing it himself.