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RE: New 2020 Olympic Standards Posted - They Are WAY Tougher - Will US Olympic Trials take a hit?
Especially with the marathon, trying compare runners from different races is impossible. Do you only use record eligible courses? How do you factor weather? Chicago has been really hot until last year. New York is a harder course. By doing it solely based on time run at previous races, you encourage Olympic hopefuls to sign up for races on fast courses where they may not place very highly but will run a fast time. It would mean way more Americans at London, Amsterdam, and Berlin.

Even in track events, as has been noted, races can be tactical. You'd be rewarding the runners who participate in rabbited races. Those runners frequently don't do as well in a championship race. By having a trials, you're putting them in an atmosphere most similar to the Olympics and saying if you medal, you go to the games.

I could see a system where someone who was top 3 in the world championships in the previous year gets an automatic spot, but otherwise, I think the trials is the most fair way to choose a team


runningchick wrote:

The US style of having trials for everything seems so odd when you come for a country which simply has sent the three fastest athletes that beat the minimum qualifying standard. It puts so much additional strain on runners having to squeeze in an extra marathon. It seems entirely useless. Rank them after time and send the best ones.

Can someone explain me the American obsession with Olympic trials?

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