McAdams gives Eyestone reason to proudly cheer

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  • Jared Rosenlof
    July 8, 2008 7:35 a.m.

    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.

  • Sasha Pachev
    July 7, 2008 12:41 p.m.

    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.

    July 6, 2008 12:41 p.m.

    CONGRATS JOSH! No one deserves it more than you. Good luck in Beijing.

  • Eyestone
    July 6, 2008 12:19 p.m.

    I think Eyestone had his shot 20+ years ago... McAdams on the other hand will most likely be outrun by the African runners.

  • Provo
    July 6, 2008 4:41 a.m.

    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?