I didn't contact Professor Lieberman because I thought that his comments would have any direct relevance to the case at hand. I contacted him because Rob Young quoted him on his personal website, because some people here--including me--were dubious, and because Rob's integrity, or lack thereof, has everything to do with why this thread has legs.
Lieberman's confirmation that yes, he did indeed say those things about Rob Young, means that the case for Rob's all-points deceit in the matter of running achievements is incrementally weaker than many here thought it was. Please note the word "incrementally." I didn't say "This changes everything."
In this case, at least, Rob Young told the truth. Lieberman is a reputable scientist, he shows up in Chris McDougall's BORN TO RUN, and he did say those things about Rob Young. That's all. Make of it what you will. But please don't insist, without evidence, that all the quotes on his "what they say" page are simply made up. At least one of them isn't--and it's a pretty good quote:
This is well said. To me, it's clear that this guy can run. He isn't Mike Rossi or Kip Litton-- he has some actual talent and is well-suited for this type of mega-endurance running. The tracker, when it was up, made it look like he was running/walking 50+ mile days while being tracked. That is no joke, especially when you do it on consecutive days. But there's nothing verifiable to suggest that he has ever accomplished anything beyond that or that he would have had any shot at this record had it been an honest attempt.