It's also really easy to be a fan of her because she still trains under Wetmore, in Boulder and not under a hissy fit throwing, prozac, DMSO using, power wielding coach in a runner producing lab in Nike Town.
It's impossible not to like her after watching her races. Coaches and personalities really have nothing to do with why I dislike many of the people you're referring to. It's about going out and having a real go.
I just can't not enjoy watching races like the ones Coburn runs but I have a very tough time forcing myself to enjoy the jogfests that are very often on the men's side these days and you know what, even that is fine. If you go into the race planning to sit and kick more power to you. What really puts me off these days is announcing fast times, record attempts and having pacemakers asked to do certain times all the while no attempt is actually made at running fast.
It confuses the shit out of me how these people can live with themselves lying about what you're going to do and showing your real intentions within the first 200m of a race jogging through it in 40 seconds.
Simpson, Coburn, RUDISHA, these are the athletes you respect and can't wait to see race regardless of what their coaches do or how they act on/off the field. They go for it. It makes you want to get up and do another training session in hopes of becoming like them.