Unfortunately this story is rather common. A young man that works hard and keeps
winning often cannot deal with the trial of finding out there are people out
there that can beat him, or that at some point in his career he is not as fast
as he used to be - for a time perhaps or permanently. I consider it an advantage
for a kid to work hard but not shine so brightly when he is a youngster - makes
him more resilient. I told my son before a race once - you have an edge on your
competition - you know how to lose because you've done it before. He won
that time. We can do our part, however, to help a gifted young
athlete deal with this problem by teaching him the true meaning of success. As
Haile Gebrselassie wisely noted - "you do the work, and God helps you, but
if you do the work and God does not help you, your work means nothing".
Sad. Every choice we make leads us either in a positive or a negative direction.
To BYU Track Star:"Wish the D-News staff had provided better detail as
to why Tim is in prison?"Killing somebody usually does the trick
Wow! I am a graduate of both Chula Vista High and BYU. This story was
especally interesting and so sad.
Thanks, Doug. When it is all said and done, sports separated from life is
dangerous! If that doesn't make sense, another sad tale could be in the
I met Tim's first son in a video rental store in El Cajon, a surburb of San
Diego in the 80s. Wow, what a story! Sad to say the enumeration for hyper
talented American runners was laughable in the 60s and 70s all in the name of
Amateurism. I don't think it has improved much even 45 years later. I
recall the late great Steve Prefontaine living in a double wide trailer after
his run in the '72 Olympics. Truth be told getting a degree in Engineering
was a very smart move on Tim's part. I myself don't regret pursuing an
Engineering career either. That career has been paying my bills for 35 years.
Wish the D-News staff had provided better detail as to why Tim is in prison?