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'sheed wallace
RE: Robert Young fakes run across America

KudzuRunner wrote:

[quote]'sheed wallace wrote:

[quote]UK Observer wrote:

Expert Testimony (Lieberman): Proved True




A guy who studies running form saying "oh yeah Rob has good running form" has no bearing on whether or not Rob has the ability to break this record. His verified past race times/performances do. They say "no". Watch don't lie.[/quote]

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:

http://www.marathonmanuk.co.uk/what-they-say/[/quote]

Great response and I agree with all of it except the last part. Where in my post did I "insist without evidence" that all the quotes on that page are made up? Never happened dawg.

And besides that, look at the quotes lol. Why would I care if they are true or not because there is no context around any of them, just flashy names.

REPORTER: Paula, did you here that Rob Young ate 40 bananas in 10 minutes while blindfolded and suspended in midair above a tank of great white sharks?

PAULA RADCLIFFE: This is amazing! Congratulations

So in the end, we agree:

What your finding supports - Rob doesn't lie about EVERYTHING.

What it has no bearing on - the validity of Rob's self-reported current and past running exploits.

With regards to the former, seems like Rob is batting maybe .300 in terms of telling the truth. Great for getting the call up from triple A Albuquerque. Not so great for him trying to convince us that any of this "record run" is true.

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