by-the-way, I did not object to being called a cheesehead. I objected to a statement "cheese got to your head" - a huge difference. [pego]
I re-read you and stand corrected with apology on this one.
>2000--reinvents herself, picks up some
>needed sprint speed and improves to 3:57. Facing
>killer kicker like Szabo (who could probably
>outkick just about any man on the board) she does
>the only thing she can do; she grabs the race by
>the balls and runs from the front. Coming off the
>final curve she's in the lead but you can tell
>she won't win. But a medal still seems likely.
>Then it all goes to hell and she goes down. A
>phenomenally brave run and you people have the
>gut to call it disappointing? Holy
Actually, you picked out one of the examples that has soured me about her as a competitive athlete.
I believe the above is the prime example of how she has gone from bullish competitor I used to respect to whiney, excuse-ready time trialer.
In America, the general public loves a winner. It also loves someone who doesn't win but tries so hard they end up face down on the ground. We give lucrative product endorsment deals to both.
Personally, I absolutely love underdogs who try, even if they fall short, as long as they have given their best, no excuses. I dispise those who fall short but then attempt to manipulate or spin my thinking about what happened.
The last few years have seen nothing but examples of this from Hamilton. Excuses, excuses. and always a big scene made afterwards, whether it's badmouthing a person who beat her or simply laying around on the track like some beached flounder so everyone will see what an effort she made. And I see the gh example above as the worst case of it all: losing and knowing it, she took a dive to generate pity. Look at the tape-rotten acting. Throw both arms up and dive to the track.
>phenomenally brave run
So why end it that way: "Suze, if you're not going to win, make sure America knows you tried real hard!"
I don't see how anyone can consider an athlete, no matter how genetically gifted, who can only run fast under optimum for her conditions (what do you think she was talking about when she said honest races in Europe?--ones that benefit her one dimensional/tuck in sustained speed running style) as anything but an underachiever to that talent at this stage of the game.
For the record, I held hope for her after watching her lose to Szabo by a lean at the Pre meet a few years back, but then that summer she reverted to the overly-cautious bit and started offering excuses.
This is all my opinion, of course.
Would any of you consider the Portugese runner from the mid-eighties Fernando Mamede anything but an underachiever to his talent? Mamede ran a WR 10k and very fast times over 5k. In Europe he outkicked many people over the last lap at these distances. But at the 83 Worlds and 84 Olympics championship races, dispite having run faster than pretty much everybody else in those races, he froze up and quit, once literally (84).
Mamede...tons of talent, very successful when running time trials...an underachiever?
Or the flip side:
How about Viren...falls during the Olympic 10k, gets up and beats everyone in a WR.
Or the Brit in the 76 10k (blanking his name), got knocked down and broke his arm but finished 4th and nearly caught Foster for the bronze.
Think these people (and many others) gave up because they "lost their stride?"
I realize it's a lot harder to make up ground in a 1500...but to not even TRY and then show up with some lame excuse?
Sorry, I don't respect that. And with her excuse/trashing the one who beat her, I see Hamilton getting even worse, a sure sign of the beginning of the end.
Although having said that, I do think she will do well at Paris. There is a pause/getting ready for the Olympic year (or something/drugs testing?) that appears to be happening on the world scene from the 100 on up. If she runs smart, Hamilton's talent might get her home with a medal, since it doesn' look like the world is going to outmuscle her (or out "head" her) this season.
Good luck and we'll see.