Jumpman wrote:You know, he will be 35 at the next Olympics but and here is a big one. HE IS STILL HE BEST WE HAVE. He is coming back, strong. Wait till next year. For you people that say he has not done anything really good in the past few years. I believe he won Nationals oh yeah he took FOURTH in the the WORLD this year, tied for third.
Oh by the way what is your PB??????? And why aren't you an elite???? My guess is because you have no idea what the commitment is?????
As far as Nike goes. Show me where he has said anything that was bad about the shoe. All he has done is point out the flaws, AND he has told NIKE about them numerous times and they have not fixed them. If you travel you want to carry as few of things as possible, reason for being in the same bag.
If you look closely ask yourself this question, Why did Jeff Hartwig, Tim Mack, Toby Stevenson, NIck Hysong, NOT wear NIKE spikes. HMMMMM?????
This is just typical of a Corp. saying "What have you done lately for ME".
Brad did what he had to do so he could compete at the level he needed to to do the best he could do at the time. Until you can jump as high as the US RECORD holder does I would suggest keeping your thoughts to yourself.
Settle down there, jumpman. I like your passion, but I would suggest dialing it back a notch. We are discussing the merits of something Brad did
, not whether or not we like him or think he is a great athlete. I like Brad very much. I always have. I would like nothing more than to see him win another World title and his first Olympic medal. I am of the opinion that he overplayed his hand on this one, however. He just made it impossible for himself to ever return to Nike- the biggest track and field athlete sponsor in the world- and it's not even close. Before you demonize Nike, you might want to ask yourself why another major shoe company didn't want to sign Brad before World's. If Brad is so marketable, it seems strange nobody else was competing for his sponsorship. The truth is, the US is struggling in the Men's pole vault lately. It might mean something for for Brad to be the current US champion if the US was strong right now. He won his 2013 title with 18'6". I'm not sure what point you are trying to make about posters' personal bests somehow qualifying their opinions about this topic. People are entitled to their opinions, regardless of their status as elite athletes. And your point about those American pole vaulters who weren't Nike athletes in their careers might actually mean something if there weren't so many elite international vaulters who were and ARE Nike athletes. Renaud Lavillenie comes to mind. And he doesn't tape his shoes. He just jumps really high.