Never mind those who didn't try. Ritz & Teg were second and third in the US XC Championships. Suppose THEY had decided to be part of the team that they qualified for. That sure could have meant a US win in Poland.
If we can't even get our guys to compete, what is the point? Now it will be in China, which doesn't even have a men's team. And where next? Venus!
The WCCC had its day.
So the USA had won today. So what? Would anyone care? Certainly not the US media.
The Europeans all play soccer, the East Africans do marathons. And our best guys realize it doesn't mean much anymore. Which is a shame, since the meet really once meant something. I have good friends who got individual and team medals back in the 80's when it was important. But in its present state it is more of a sideshow.