the letter why wrote:
To be fair... we aren't competitive in the 10000. Huddle almost lapped Infeld in that race, and Infeld is both a clear second best at 10K (maaaaaaybe Shalane) and ran a PR.
Basically, in both the 5 and 10, Huddle is the only American even sniffing a medal.
(Yes, I know Infeld got bronze last year, and it's still crazy that happened.)
Fair enough but also remember if you go back in the not so distant past we've had Shalane, Infeld, and Goucher medal at 10k and Huddle was close. If not for the freaky fast times in this Olympics, Huddle's AR is one of the fastest times ever run. As a nation, the US is clearly capable of producing 10000m medalists, we just aren't very deep so far at any given time. Meanwhile, in the 5000m, we look like USA distance running of the mid 90s. I think this will soon change, however. We are very competitive at 1500m, steeple, and 10000m. The hole will eventually be filled in.