Adam Nelson May Yet Get That Elusive Oly Gold


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Re: Adam Nelson May Yet Get That Elusive Oly Gold

Postby bushop » Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:19 pm

preston wrote:Why would the NFL allow it to be presented at the Super Bowl? That makes no sense.

Sure... no way the NFL allows it... it's nice to dream.
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Re: Adam Nelson May Yet Get That Elusive Oly Gold

Postby gh » Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:22 pm

The NFL wouldn't allow anything like it even if involved football. Their spin doctors are far too smart—unlike track's suits—to wash dirty laundry on the day of their biggest event.
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Re: Adam Nelson May Yet Get That Elusive Oly Gold

Postby Conor Dary » Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:32 pm

gh wrote:The NFL wouldn't allow anything like it even if involved football. Their spin doctors are far too smart—unlike track's suits—to wash dirty laundry on the day of their biggest event.


Good grief, yes. The NFL wouldn't touch the subject with a ten foot pole. A topic best left unsaid.

And why airing this to a wider audience is good for the sport is bewildering. In 1989 on Sportscenter in ESPN when it was announced by Chris Berman that Barnes and Reynolds had tested positive, did Berman say, wow track and field is really on top of this drug thing. No, he said, 'track, now there is a dirty sport!' I still vividly remember watching that.
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Re: Adam Nelson May Yet Get That Elusive Oly Gold

Postby tandfman » Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:02 pm

preston wrote:Why would the NFL allow it to be presented at the Super Bowl? That makes no sense. A more sensible/possible suggestion would be at the white house or in some other Government function. The only other relevant venue would be a track meet (USATF?) or Association conference. That said, if history is a guide it won't be at the WC's either. However, at least one athlete has had their Olympic medal presented by an IAAF council member.

I would imagine quite a few have had that happen. Olympic medals are always presented at the Games by IOC members, but there are several IOC members who are also IAAF Council members, including the President of the IAAF. (Others currently include Bubka, El Moutawakel, Fredericks, and Szewinska.)
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Re: Adam Nelson May Yet Get That Elusive Oly Gold

Postby guru » Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:18 pm

tandfman wrote:
preston wrote:The only other relevant venue would be a track meet (USATF?) or Association conference. That said, if history is a guide it won't be at the WC's either. However, at least one athlete has had their Olympic medal presented by an IAAF council member.

I would imagine quite a few have had that happen. Olympic medals are always presented at the Games by IOC members, but there are several IOC members who are also IAAF Council members, including the President of the IAAF. (Others currently include Bubka, El Moutawakel, Fredericks, and Szewinska.)



Hersh present Nelson with gold at 2013 USATF champs. Ceremony to happen during live network coverage.

Make it happen Max.
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Re: Adam Nelson May Yet Get That Elusive Oly Gold

Postby j-a-m » Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:18 am

When the new gold medalist gets awarded his medal, do the new silver and bronze medalists get invited as well, as they should?
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Re: Adam Nelson May Yet Get That Elusive Oly Gold

Postby Bob H » Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:35 am

guru wrote:
tandfman wrote:
preston wrote:The only other relevant venue would be a track meet (USATF?) or Association conference. That said, if history is a guide it won't be at the WC's either. However, at least one athlete has had their Olympic medal presented by an IAAF council member.

I would imagine quite a few have had that happen. Olympic medals are always presented at the Games by IOC members, but there are several IOC members who are also IAAF Council members, including the President of the IAAF. (Others currently include Bubka, El Moutawakel, Fredericks, and Szewinska.)

Hersh present Nelson with gold at 2013 USATF champs. Ceremony to happen during live network coverage.

Make it happen Max.

I like the idea of doing it at the USATF champs, but I hope that whoever makes that decision will first ask Adam Nelson where HE would like to have it presented. In any event, better protocol would be to have the medal presented by one of the US members of the IOC. At the Olympic Games, IOC members present the medals; IAAF Council members present the flowers.
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Re: Adam Nelson May Yet Get That Elusive Oly Gold

Postby Tuariki » Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:06 pm

The NZIOC arranged for the ANZ bank to foot the bill for the Valerie Adams medal ceremony. Evidently it cost $250,00 NZ dollars, most of which was spent on the private exclusive cocktail like function for the "luminaries". You know the "stuff the public" mentality that often reins supreme within the ruling committees of sporting bodies. The medal itself was presented by NZ's Head of State and not by an IOC member.
So, I believe it would be great for Obama to present it. Maybe at a Dartmouth basketball game, given GH is right that the NFL would never want to let TnF share the Super Bowl limelight
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Re: Adam Nelson May Yet Get That Elusive Oly Gold

Postby gh » Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:39 pm

The Kiwi analogy is a complete non-starter. The Adams medal was a source of monster national pride that made headlines for weeks. The Nelson thing is a bit of ho-hum so low down on the national scale of priorities that if Obama took time to do something that meaningless he'd be excoriated (and perhaps rightfully so) for dereliction of duty.
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Re: Adam Nelson May Yet Get That Elusive Oly Gold

Postby gktrack » Thu May 30, 2013 12:17 pm

Great news that Adam will be getting his Athens gold medal according to the article on T&FN's news on homepage... well deserved Adam.
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/american-adam-nelson-2004-gold-160043429--oly.html
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