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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:55 pm    Post subject: '72 Olympics sprint fiasco Reply with quote

Very interesting account of what transpired to cause the US sprinters to miss their heat at the '72 Olympics:

http://www.runblogrun.com/2008/12/dear_readers_i_encourage_you.html

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crazy isnt it
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't say I'm really surprised, given how politics invade every niche of our lives, but I don't recall ever hearing that side of the story previously.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I have to say there is consider the source here. Yes there was some gamesmanship going on there and I believe there is some more going on in that article.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, that's why I referred to it as, "that side of the story."

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting story, and a good read. I wonder how accurate it was. Was Johnson actually at that conversation. Bowerman was the Head Coach for that Olympiad. It doesn't sound like something he would let by so flippantly, but I could be wrong.
Ended up reading through all of Johnson's blogs. Some were quite interesting. I especially liked the one where he revisits stride rate vs stride length after the Beijing Olympics. Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would think he's too well known of a name to totally make something up like that, but I could see it being a slanted perspective, muddied in clarity nearly 40 years after the fact.

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