Marathoner - you are correct. But what part of your analysis did Marla NOT know 6 months ago. Notice that KK did not run to make the U.S. team just to back out - he knew his priorities. I have no problem with athletes running the national championship, then IMMEDIATELY passing on the opportunity (Drossin could have done it, or Meb). My beef is waiting so long, then using a weak excuse. She said she was feeling better, so the assumption is she would be OK to run in a few weeks.
Fleshman may indeed be ready - but no doubt she could have been more ready with 2 months to prepare rather than 2 weeks. It just smells a bit selfish.