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    http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/5616958?GT1=8192
    If you're ever walking down the beach and you see a girl dressed in a bikini made out of seashells, and you pick her up and hold her to your ear, you can hear her scream.

  • #2
    Re: Unknown athletes in North America

    Originally posted by Dietmar239
    http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/5616958?GT1=8192
    Three soccer players in the top ten and I suppose i can understand Adriano and Rooney belonging there but they are at the beginning of their career. The list would be more meaningful with established vets.

    As for El G, the one track representative, this comment says it all:
    Originally posted by The article
    El Guerrouj is one of the best middle distance athletes ever — but it took him a while to validate it. In the 1500m race at the '96 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, El Guerrouj tripped and fell while contending for the gold in the final lap. In the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics, he was forced to settle with silver after Kenyan Noah Ngeny outsprinted him to the finish line.

    Finally, eight years of agony came to an end in Athens as El Guerrouj took home the gold medal not only in the elusive 1500m race, but also in the 5000m race.
    3:26 anyone? That seems like a pretty good validation. Is the Olympic games really the be all and end all in the US as this suggests?

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    • #3
      Just the tip of the iceberg...

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      • #4
        Re: Unknown athletes in North America

        Originally posted by Daisy
        3:26 anyone? That seems like a pretty good validation. Is the Olympic games really the be all and end all in the US as this suggests?
        It is the only time anyone here is watching T&F. If an 'Merican had the 3:26 more folks would probably know.

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        • #5
          Re: Unknown athletes in North America

          Originally posted by Daisy
          Is the Olympic games really the be all and end all in the US as this suggests?
          We've been trying to tell y'all! Yeah, to the general public the Olympics is ALL that matters in track. I know many adults who think I'm joking when - during the Olympics - I inform them that most of these athletes are professionals. They still think they're amateurs! No one knew about Carl Lewis until LA '84. No one had a clue who MJ was until Atlanta '96. And note that they're Americans.

          Go out on the street and ask as many people as you can who Hicham El Guerouj is and you will not find ONE who will know unless they are an avid T&F fan. And I have to disagree with Hammy. Even if an American had the WR in the 1500, no one would know who he is without an Olympic gold.

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          • #6
            Re: Unknown athletes in North America

            Originally posted by bekeselassie
            Go out on the street and ask as many people as you can who Hicham El Guerouj is and you will not find ONE who will know unless they are an avid T&F fan.
            Of course, if you asked them about El G, they'd know, right ;-)

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            • #7
              Heck, if the topic is "great athletes unknown in North America," why did they limit themselves to foreigners? They could have just as easily listed Justin Gatlin.
              "Run fast and keep turning left."

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              • #8
                Re: Unknown athletes in North America

                Originally posted by bekeselassie
                And I have to disagree with Hammy.
                OK this once, but don't go making a habit of it! Squack's henchmen are looking for work . . .

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by trackstar
                  Heck, if the topic is "great athletes unknown in North America," why did they limit themselves to foreigners? They could have just as easily listed Justin Gatlin.
                  Excellent point. There are too many to list.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Unknown athletes in North America

                    Originally posted by bekeselassie
                    [Go out on the street and ask as many people as you can who Hicham El Guerouj is and you will not find ONE who will know unless they are an avid T&F fan
                    Ask Marie José Perec, who moved to LA in 2000...something about moving to a place where nobody would ever recognise her.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Unknown athletes in North America

                      Originally posted by EPelle
                      Ask Marie José Perec, who moved to LA in 2000...something about moving to a place where nobody would ever recognise her.
                      Given that she was always running from the press, she was probably happy about that.
                      Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by trackstar
                        Heck, if the topic is "great athletes unknown in North America," why did they limit themselves to foreigners? They could have just as easily listed Justin Gatlin.
                        One "benefit" of the timing difficulties is that more people right now might actually recognize Justin Gatlin's name; however, I expect that effect to have a half life of a few days.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Unknown athletes in North America

                          Originally posted by Powell
                          Originally posted by EPelle
                          Ask Marie José Perec, who moved to LA in 2000...something about moving to a place where nobody would ever recognise her.
                          Given that she was always running from the press, she was probably happy about that.
                          LA is a town where press releases have press releases!!!Not to mention 456 brazillion or so 'celeb photogs'. In truth a great place for a T&F star to hide(but anywhere in the US would work).
                          Tom Hyland:
                          "squack and wineturtle get it"

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