Sasha is certainly correct on all levels. Surprisingly however, Josh McAdams is
not afraid to run with anyone. Not many people got to see it, but in last years
World Championships, Josh nearly qualified for the final. In his semifinal heat,
Josh running right next three runners from Ethiopa, Kenya, and Morocco,
respectively, the three African countries most well known for dominant distance
running. Josh was right with them with 100 meters to go when he stumbled on the
final steeple barrier and it took him out of the race. The point however, is
that he ran with, and challenged the best African runners in that race. African
distance runners may be the most dominant but there are Americans, like Josh,
who have the ability and the courage to run with them. Josh McAdams is one of
the most inspirational athletes I've ever seen.
Good work, Josh! Yes, no regrets. I wish more people would follow your example
and pursue a dream. I also wish we had an adequate support system so people with
your talent and work ethic would not have to choose between eating and pursing a
dream.To the guy from Provo. There are some harsh realities in
distance running. Few people understand. Just to get to the Trials requires
incredible talent and dedication, many runners you would call incredible will
not make it. There you have to race the ones that did and can be beat by no more
than two to make the Olympic team. And then once you are in the Olympics you
have to race the guys from all over the world that have made their teams. The
US team compared to Kenyan or Ethiopian is a piece of cake to make. Just making
it to the final is going to be tough. And if you do, if you miss top three, you
do not medal and the public is disappointed. All this after running 100+
grueling miles a week for years. I hope this puts things in perspective.
CONGRATS JOSH! No one deserves it more than you. Good luck in Beijing.
I think Eyestone had his shot 20+ years ago... McAdams on the other hand will
most likely be outrun by the African runners.
I think Eyestone has a good chance to medal at the upcoming Olympics. Isn't this
an event dominated by Y athletes at the NCAAs also?