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  • Interview with Tom Pappas

    I'll be doing an interview with Tom Pappas in a couple weeks time. If anyone has any questions, post them here and I'll try and use them in the article.

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    Re: Interview with Tom Pappas

    Excellent journalistic technique--have others do your research for you. It certainly worked for me!

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    • #3
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      >Excellent journalistic technique--have others do
      >your research for you. It certainly worked for
      >me!

      Lol, that's not quite true. I do a lot of the research because with each one, I start the article with a few paragraphs about each athlete (background info, recent performances, career highlight etc...)

      I'm merely asking for questions - it gives the fans an opportunity to connect with world class athletes! (or at least that's how I like to think of it!!) lol

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      • #4
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        I would like to know what techniques models (if any) he uses in the the field eventts ...

        ... ie. Who does he try to throw the discus like? Powell, Wilkins, Riedel?

        Also, what is his thinking for 1st attempts in the LJ, SP, DT, and JT?

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        • #5
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          Ask him also about his greek roots and if and how that is going to be a factor for the Olympics next year in Athens.

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            What is his training philosophy? Work harder on weak events. Train them all the same? More running/lifting or more technique training? What does he think he's capable in each event? What's his target score at Athens? Can he beat Seberle on Seberle's good day? What's his long term goals? Who's America's up-and-coming stars? What's he think of Kilmartin? Skipper? What does it take besides speed and strength to excel in the Decathlon? Does he see himself as USA's 'greatest' athlete, ala Thorpe? How is he going to 'play' Athens? Is there even a strategy involved, or does he just 'go for it' in every event? How does he stack up compared to O'Brien? I could go on for a while - but these are the things I would like to know.

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            • #7
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              >What is his training philosophy? Work harder on
              >weak events. Train them all the same? More
              >running/lifting or more technique training? What
              >does he think he's capable in each event? What's
              >his target score at Athens? Can he beat Seberle
              >on Seberle's good day? What's his long term
              >goals? Who's America's up-and-coming stars?
              >What's he think of Kilmartin? Skipper? What does
              >it take besides speed and strength to excel in
              >the Decathlon? Does he see himself as USA's
              >'greatest' athlete, ala Thorpe? How is he going
              >to 'play' Athens? Is there even a strategy
              >involved, or does he just 'go for it' in every
              >event? How does he stack up compared to O'Brien?
              >I could go on for a while - but these are the
              >things I would like to know.



              Wow! That's a whole loada' questions there! I'll try my best to get them all in to the interview (I might have to combine two of them into one), but they're all good questions!

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                Blessing in disguise - I was meant to send the questions to Tom before he left for Paris, but I forgot! Now that he is the World Champion, does anyone have any further questions (with particular regards to the World Champs...?)

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                  That was me - decarookie - I can't seem to logout, but OF COURSE we have more questions:
                  1. did you think you could get PR's?
                  2. What event pleasantly surprised you?
                  3. what event unpleasantly surprised you?
                  4. what was the closest you came to disaster?
                  5. at what point did you say, 'I can win!'?
                  6. How confident did you feel going in to the 1500?
                  7. How did you physically feel going in to the 1500?
                  8. What were you thinking as you ran the 1500?
                  9. Was there anything left in the tank?
                  10. What's the plan for 2004, in terms of training, goals, (individual events and overall), etc.?
                  11. Are you changing anything for next year?
                  12. What's the most important thing you learned at the WC's?
                  13. Do you think you are the favorite for the OG? (be honest!!) [after he says, no; why not?]
                  14. Did you and Clay/Terek try to help each other?
                  15. What do you think of the USA's overall performance?
                  16. What needs to change in USATF for the USA to do better?
                  17. How can USA do better next year?
                  18. What 'secrets' did you employ in Paris to excel?
                  19. What supplements do you take?
                  20. Do earn enough in track to live comfortably?

                  need I go on?

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                  • #10
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                    Was it helpful that Terek stayed in after his DQ?
                    Do you feel that you're getting the attention you deserve in the US? (Compared to Rafer Johnson, Bruce Jenner, Dan O'Brien)
                    How did you recover from weak HJ?
                    Before the dec began, did you expect to win?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Interview with Tom Pappas

                      I've tried to get as many of your questions in as possible. Tom's answers were great - read for yourselves:

                      http://www.athleticslinks.com/aotm_pappas.html

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                      • #12
                        Re: Interview with Tom Pappas

                        >That was me - decarookie - I can't seem to
                        >logout

                        For whatever reason, on some computers, I have to do it on the "Your Account" page.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Interview with Tom Pappas

                          Really enjoyed that. I linked it to the Tennessee chat room where I post. We have a lot of track junkies on board there, including a couple of ex-Vols. Great work!

                          http://insiders5.ezboard.com/fgridscape ... 4547.topic

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                          • #14
                            Re: Interview with Tom Pappas

                            >Really enjoyed that. I linked it to the
                            >Tennessee chat room where I post. We have a lot
                            >of track junkies on board there, including a
                            >couple of ex-Vols. Great
                            >work!

                            http://insiders5.ezboard.com/fgridscapefr
                            >5.showMessage?topicID=34547.topic

                            Cheers for that, Bill! Much appreciated, and glad you liked the article! :-)

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                              Re: Interview with Tom Pappas

                              why no Talance? did you and Sebrle decide togother to give it a pass?

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