Rupp is likable and a nice guy. This board thinks of him as antisocial because he refuses to do interviews with the blojos. I unfortunatley have met rojo several times. I can tell you that if i had multiple olympic medals I would absolutely ignore anyone associated with LR in the “media” zone.
For some reason I laughed at your comment about Rojo.
I thought it was a good interview. It showed some of Rupp's personality which we don't see often because he doesn't do a lot with the US media.
When Rupp talks for a lengthy time here, you see some of his personality which is good. Personally I wish he didn't view the media, or US media as the enemy, but I think to some extent he does. Generally people might think he's antisocial just because he doesn't interact much with the media in general. He has no social media presence. Totally his right to do that, but highly unusual for a star athlete.
My argument would be that it is the US media that asks the questions he's uncomfortable hearing so that's why he doesn't get involved much. And then with LetsRun we might lead that charge and then on top of it he has been vilified on the boards at times. We could have done some things better for sure, but from a media perspective I care about clean sport and are going to ask questions he doesn't like. He if doesn't want to talk to me or LetsRun I've come to accept that. Personally, he and Alberto are the two people I generally try to not interview and have someone else do it as it is awkward. Maybe a more "professional" journalist would relish that but I don't. Alberto way back took me aside at meets and expressed his displeasure w LetsRun, the best/worse may have been the 2012 Olympics when he got upset and called me Rojo, so maybe that's why I chuckled. If there is blanket criticism for some reason Rojo gets it and not me. Plus, Alberto has had his lawyer send letters asking for names of posters. I just felt that's an intimidation tactic so maybe I let him win, but most of the time I don't need to talk to him and can have someone else do it. Wish that's not the way it was, but that's how it is.
The only point I thought in the interview above when it got just the tiny bit awkward was at the 9:35 mark when the guy talked about the "NOP controversies". But Galen handled it fine. Even Brazilian media will ask stuff you don't like, but it's not a big deal, answer and go on. Good find whoever found this on youtube.